Wednesday, April 25, 2007

"[W]hereas, to preserve
liberty, it is essential that
the whole body of the people
always possess arms, and be
taught alike, especially when
young, how to use them; nor
does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into
actual service on every occasion.
The mind that aims at a select militia,
must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when
we see many men disposed to
practice upon it, whenever they can prevail,no wonder true republicans
are for carefully guarding against it."

-- Federal Farmer (Antifederalist Letter, No.18, 25 January 1778)Reference: The Complete Anti-Federalist, Storing,ed., vol. 2 (342) The Founders Constitution

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