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Dalai Lama, Henry St. George Tucker


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"If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you,

it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun."

-- Dalai Lama

[Tenzin Gyatso] (1935-) 14th Dalai Lama of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism

Source: (May 15, 2001, The Seattle Times) speaking at the "Educating Heart Summit" in Portland, Oregon, when asked by a girl how to react when a shooter takes aim at a classmate


"To secure their enjoyment, however, certain protections or barriers have been erected which serve to maintain inviolate the three primary rights of personal security, personal liberty, and private property. These may in America be said to be: 1. The bill of rights and written constitutions ... 2. The rights of bearing arms -- which with us is not limited and restrained by an arbitrary system of game laws as in England, but is particularly enjoyed by every citizen, and is among his most valuable privileges, since it furnishes the means of resisting as a freeman ought, the inroads of usurpation."

-- Henry St. George Tucker

(1780-1848) Virginia jurist, law professor, and U.S. Congressman (1815-1819)

Source: Commentaries on the Laws of Virginia p. 43 (1831)


"This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty. ... The right of self defence is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any colour or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction."

-- St. George Tucker

(1752-1827) American lawyer and professor of law at the College of William and Mary, judge who served on three different courts including

Virginia’s highest court and federal district judge, correspondent and colleague of Jefferson and Madison

Source: BLACKSTONE’S COMMENTARIES 1:APP. 300 (1803) reprinted in THE FOUNDERS’ CONSTITUTION, Volume Five (Amendments I-XII) p. 212 (Univ. of Chicago Press).


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