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  • Thomas Ramsay
    John Locke, Kentucky Supreme Court, Sheldon Richman,Liberty Quote Thursday,August 2, 2012 12:38 AM From: liberty.quotes@centre.telemanage.ca
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      Self defence is a part of the law of nature;
      nor can it be denied the community,
      even against the king himself"
      -- John Locke
      (1632-1704) English philosopher and political theorist. Considered the ideological progenitor of the American Revolution and who, by far, was the most often non-biblical writer quoted by the Founding Fathers of the USA.
      Source: Second Treatise on Civil Government 174
      http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/John.Locke.Quote.5932





      "But to be in conflict with the constitution, it is not essential that the act should contain a prohibition against bearing arms in every possible form�it is the right to bear arms in defence of the citizens and the state, that is secured by the constitution, and whatever restrains the full and complete exercise of that right, though not an entire destruction of it, is forbidden by the explicit language of the constitution. If, therefore, the act in question imposes any restraint on the right, immaterial what appellation may be given to the act, whether it be an act regulating the manner of bearing arms or any other, the consequence, in reference to the constitution, is precisely the same, and its collision with that instrument equally obvious. ... The right existed at the adoption of the constitution; it had then no limits short of the moral power of the citizens to exercise it, and it in fact consisted in nothing else but in the liberty of the citizens to bear arms. Diminish that liberty, therefore, and you necessarily restrain the right; ... For, in principle, there is no difference between a law prohibiting the wearing [of] concealed arms, and a law forbidding the wearing such as are exposed; and if the former is unconstitutional, the latter must be so likewise."
      -- Kentucky Supreme Court
      Source: Bliss v. Commonwealth, 12 KY. (2 LITT.) 90 (Kentucky 1822) reprinted in THE FOUNDERS� CONSTITUTION, Volume Five (Amendments I-XII) p. 212-213 (Univ. of Chicago Press).
      http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Kentucky.Supreme.Court.Quote.4D4F





      "Today, the people who would use guns to violate rights have little trouble getting them, while those who would use them to defend their rights have increasing trouble getting them. ... Gun control is in effect a subsidy for criminals."
      -- Sheldon Richman
      V.P. of Future of Freedom Foundation, author
      Source: The Right to Life Equals the Right to Possess Firearms, The Tyranny of Gun Control, 41 (Future of Freedom Foundation 1997).
      http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Sheldon.Richman.Quote.345C


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