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“The militia, sir, is our ultimate safety. We can have no security without it…The great object is, that every man be armed…Everyone who is able may have a gun.”

“Congress, by the power of taxation, by that of raising an army, and by their control over the militia, have the sword in one hand, and the purse in the other.  Shall we be safe without either?  Congress have an unlimited power over both: they are entiurely given up by us.  Let him candidly tell me, where and when did freedom exist, when the sword and the purse were given up by the people?  Unless a miracle of human affairs interposed, no nation ever retyained its liberty after the loss of the sword and the purse.”

Patrick Henry,  ELLIOT, Ed. ,3 THE DEBATES IN THE SEVERAL STATE CONVENTIONS 378 (1836, repr. 1941)

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