The Advantage of Being Armed

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Did you know that James Madison (US President and author of the US Constitution) referred to Americans as having "the advantage of being armed"? He also recognized the rarity of that condition, noting that we possessed it "over the people of almost every other nation,"and adding that the governments of Europe "are afraid to trust the people with arms."

He wasn't talking about hunting either! No indeed; he was talking about armed resistance against the federal government. "Let a regular army, fully equal to the resources of the country, be formed; and let it be entirely at the devotion of the federal government; still it would not be going too far to say, that the State governments, with the people on their side, would be able to repel the danger."

Don't be fooled by those who claim that the Second Amendment was written to protect hunting rights. It was written to affirm the right of the people to possess the weapons of war so that they could defeat tyranny and preserve the "the security of a free state."


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