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The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. Thomas Jefferson
 

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Add to that, this: "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only 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 prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one."

Jefferson did not write that, but included it in his Legal Commonplace Book. It is from Cesare Beccaria (who also had an interesting argument against the death penalty, although that's a discussion for another forum).
 
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