It’s Our Birthright! Why the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is So Important

Each and every one one us has the right to keep and bear arms.*  It’s our birthright as an American.  We also have a corresponding obligation to know both our rights as well as what they mean to ourselves and others, if for no other reason than to avoid falling prey to the significant volumes of misinformation being spread by those who’re largely ignorant of our nation’s rights and freedoms.  More ominously, it is our duty to be knowledgeable, so we don’t fall pray to those who would undermine our liberties.

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” – Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution

Please enjoy the remaining quotes, from those who signed our Second Amendment into law:

James Madison: “As the greatest danger to liberty is from large standing armies, it is best to prevent them by an effectual provision for a good militia.”

Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts: “What, sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty.”

George Mason: “I ask you sir, who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people.”

George Washington: “A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”

Patrick Henry: “The people have a right to keep and bear arms.”

Tenche Coxe: “Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright 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.”

*U.S. citizens who have not forfeited that right due to a qualifying offense (usually involving a felony or domestic violence conviction).

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Author: patriot

It was a distinct honor, as well as my pleasure, to serve my country for more than twenty years. I love my country, but sometimes I'm not too happy with its leaders. I'm working to change that, and I could use your help. Please join me! Thanks. : ) - Patriot

2 thoughts on “It’s Our Birthright! Why the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is So Important”

  1. I love that quote by Mr. Coxe. I just read up a bit on his history. He was like many of us: started as a true believer in the system and slowly and painfully grew into a Freedom loving man.

    Here’s another quote:
    “As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow-citizens, the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.” –Tench Coxe referring to the Bill of Rights

    1. Excellent quote, Freedom First. Most people haven’t a clue as to who Tench Coxe was – perhaps the most formidable economist among our Founding Fathers. Eli Whitney may have invented the cotton gin, but Tench Cox was inarguably the father of the American cotton industry.

      – Patriot

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