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Glenn Harlan Reynolds, John R. Lott, Jr., William Rawle


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"The purpose of the right to bear arms is twofold; to allow individuals to protect themselves and their families, and to ensure a body of armed citizenry from which a militia could be drawn, whether that militia’s role was to protect the nation, or to protect the people from a tyrannical government."

-- Glenn Harlan Reynolds

Assoc. Prof. of Law, Univ. of Tennessee

Source: A Critical Guide to the Second Amendment, 62 TENN. L. R. 461, 475 (1995).


"If the rest of the country had adopted right-to-carry concealed-handgun

provisions in 1992, about 1,500 murders and 4,000 rapes would have been


-- John R. Lott, Jr.

Source: More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998), p. 159


"The prohibition is general. No clause in the Constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give congress a power to disarm the people. Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretense by a state legislature. But if in any blind pursuit of inordinate power, either should attempt it, this amendment may be appealed to as a restraint on both."

-- William Rawle

(1759-1836) Lawyer, had been asked several times by George Washington to serve as Attorney General

Source: commenting on the Second Amendment, A VIEW OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES 125-26, 1829 (2nd ed.) reprinted in THE FOUNDERS’ CONSTITUTION Volume Five (Amendments I-XII) p. 214 (Univ. of Chicago Press).


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Guest Babylonian Dream

Guns are a deterrent. You are less likely to attack an armed person over an unarmed one. Yet still, the facts don't change everyone's mind.

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