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Response to Democracyinkind (Reply #79)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 07:15 PM

85. And I am with both...

 

They are in perfect agreement, since your quotation has an exception for self-defense and for militia duty/supporting the legitimate police power.

To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of towns, countries or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws.
A Defence of the Constitutions of the United States 3:475 (1787-1788).


In other words, except for private self defense or on orders of legitimate government, there is no reason for arms in the hands of citizens to be used at their individual discretion.

I agree with both statements. The only legitimate reasons for people to carry weapons are:

1) Private self-defense
2) Acting as a militia under government orders
3) Acting to aid police (also under state authority)

Other reasons—private armies, crime, pretending to be a cop, etc.—are inappropriate and illegal.

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