The rioting and shooting in the South compels the nation to realize that war is serious at home as well as abroad. Putting arms and ammunition into the hands of hundreds of thousands of men has its serious side.
When you read of regular troops committing murder in the streets, you realize the wisdom of the fathers who gave to every citizen the Constitutional right to speak his mind and TO BEAR ARMS.
Modern judges are free and easy In their dealing with the Constitution. You may speak your mind if it doesn't offend somebody in high office or somebody richer than yon are. And you can bear arms--if yon are hired as a private detective to stop a strike, but not if you are an ordinary workingman.
This army rioting proves that permission for each citizen to own his own weapon and be able to defend himself Is based on common sense as well as on the Constitution.[The Washington Times, Washington, [D.C.] Saturday Evening, August 25, 1917. FINAL EDITION, Number 10,268. Pg. 1]