“In recent years it has been suggested that the Second Amendment protects the “collective” right of states to maintain militias, while it does not protect the right of “the people” to keep and bear arms.
If anyone entertained this notion in the period during which the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were debated and ratified, it remains one of the most closely guarded secrets of the eighteenth century, for no known writing surviving from the period between 1787 and 1791 states such a thesis.”
– Stephen P. Halbrook
“Historical examination of the right to bear arms, from English antecedents to the drafting of the Second Amendment, bears proof that the right to bear arms has consistently been, and should still be, construed as an individual right.”
– U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings, U.S. v. Emerson (1999)
“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves… and include all men capable of bearing arms.”
– Richard Henry Lee, American statesman and Founding Father from Virginia best known for the Lee Resolution, the motion in the Second Continental Congress calling for the colonies’ independence from Great Britain.
“And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangstersget control. History has proven that. All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” — Lord Acton [John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton] (1834-1902), First Baron Acton of Aldenham
“Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American.
The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”
– Tench Coxe, 20 Feb 1788
“God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.”
– Daniel Webster
“They that can give up essential liberty to gain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
– Benjamin Franklin
Thank you government for protecting me from the China Flu by destroying my job, wiping out my business, wrecking the economy and by confiscating my rights and my freedoms too.
I can finally rest easy tonight knowing you did all this for me. /sarc
Today in 1912 – The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive.
Today in 1952 – The maiden flight of the B-52 Stratofortress, and it’s still in service today. The crews are younger than the planes. It’s entirely possible for an Air Force pilot to be flying the same model aircraft that his great-grandfather flew.