2nd Amendment = The Original Homeland Security System


The Revolutionary War for Independence started when the British attempted to disarm Americans, who were complaining about British tyranny imposed on the colonies, as listed in the Declaration of Independence.


" disarm the people ? that was the best and most effectual way to enslave them." (George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 380)


"I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for few public officials." (George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 425-426)


"The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them." Zachariah Johnson Elliot's Debates, vol. 3 "The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution."


"The great object is that every man be armed." and "Everyone who is able may have a gun." Patrick Henry


"Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?" Patrick Henry


"And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the Press, or the rights of Conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms …" Samuel Adams - August 20, 1789


“To each of my Nephews, William Augustus Washington, George Lewis, George Steptoe Washington, Bushrod Washington, and Samuel Washington, I give one of my swords or Cutteaux of which I may be Possessed; and they are to choose in the order they are named. These swords are accompanied with an injunction not to unsheathe them for the purpose of shedding blood, except it be for self defense, or in the defense of their Country and its rights; and in the latter case, to keep them unsheathed, and prefer falling with them in their hands, to the relinquishment thereof.” George Washington from his Last Will and Testament.


"A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others, for essential, particularly for military supplies." George Washington's First Annual Message to Congress (January 8, 1790)


“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764


“The constitutions of most of our states and of the United States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property and freedom of the press.” A letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Cartwright in 1824


“One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.” Thomas Jefferson, Letter to George Washington, 1796


“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution, 1776


“For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well organized and armed militia is their best security.” Thomas Jefferson, Eighth Annual Message, November 8, 1808


“None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.” Thomas Jefferson 1803


“The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.” Thomas Jefferson


“God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such rebellion...And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms...The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to William S. Smith, 1787


“You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments: rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the universe.” John Adams


“Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every other terrible implement of the soldier are the birthright of an American.” Tench Coxe, founder from Pennsylvania, Delegate to the Continental Congress, 1788-1789


“The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed, which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” James Madison, The Federalist No. 46


“If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right self-defense, which is paramount to all positive forms of government.” Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist No. 28


“The right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America but which historically has proved to be always possible.” Hubert Humphrey, Vice President / LBJ 1965-1969


“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that be properly armed.” Alexander Hamilton


“Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. Foreign mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived the use of them.” Thomas Paine


“A free people claim their rights as derived from the laws of Nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.” Thomas Jefferson


“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve but downright force. Wherever you give up that force, you are ruined. The great object is that every man be armed, everyone who is able might have a gun.” Patrick Henry


“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in nearly every kingdom in Europe.” Noah Webster


“The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword because the whole body of the people are armed.” Noah Webster, 1787


“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.” Thomas Paine


“The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike. But since some will not, others dare not lay them aside.” Thomas Paine, July 1775


“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well-regulated militia composed of the people is the best and most natural defense of a free country.” James Madison, June 8th 1789


“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” Benjamin Franklin



“Dictators and disarmed populations go together. The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so.” Adolf Hitler, April 1942, German dictator, under his rule some 21 million civilians were murdered


“If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.” Joseph Stalin, Russian dictator who murdered some 61 million people


“Death solves all problems. No man, no problem.” Joseph Stalin


“One death is a tragedy. One million is a statistic.” Joseph Stalin


“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns. Why should we let them have ideas?”. Joseph Stalin


“The only real power comes out of a long rifle”. Joseph Stalin


“Education is a weapon whose effects depends on who holds it in his hands and on whom it is aimed.” Joseph Stalin


“Those now possessing weapons and ammunition are at once to turn them over to the local police authority. Firearms and ammunition found in a Jew’s possession will be forfeited to the government without compensation. Whoever willfully or negligently violates the provisions will be punished with imprisonment and a fine.” Nazi law, Regulations Against Jews Possession of Weapons, 1938


“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Mao Tse-tung, China’s dictator 1945-1976, murdered some 76 million people