WHY GOVERNMENTS DISARM PEOPLE
A LEAGUE OF EVIL – The following statistics were reported in the September 11th, 1999, issue of The Economist magazine, page 7, titled “A League of Evil.”
1915-1917 Ottoman Turkey banned gun possession, and then targeted Armenians (mostly Christians) and killed 1-1.5 million people.
1929-1945 Soviet Union banned gun possession, and then targeted political opponents and farming communities, killing 20 million people.
1933-1945 Nazi Germany (and occupied Europe) banned gun possession, and then targeted political opponents, Jews, Gypsies and critics killing 20 million people.
1927-1949 Nationalist China banned private ownership of guns, and then targeted political opponents, army conscripts, and others, killing 10 million people.
1949-1952; 1957-1960; 1966-1976 Red China instituted the death penalty for supplying guns to “counter-revolutionary criminals” and anyone resisting any government program, and then targeted political opponents, killing 20-35 million people.
1960-1981 Guatemala banned gun possession, and then targeted Mayans, other Indians, and political enemies, killing 100,000-200,000 people.
1971-1979 Uganda registered gun owners, instituted warrantless searches, and then targeted Christians and political enemies, killing 300,000 people.
1975-1979 Cambodia registered gun owners and then targeted educated persons and political enemies, killing 2 million people.
1994 Rwanda registered gun owners and then targeted the Tutsi people killing over 800,000.
Unarmed people have no defense against a “demonical” government. In the 20th century alone, governments killed a total of 262 million civilians. – Nobel Peace Prize finalist R.J. Rummel in an update to statistics originally presented in his Death by Government, Transaction Publishers, 1994.
Who Are the Militia
George Mason, “I ask who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers.” –
George Mason, “That a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural and safe defense of a free state”
NYS Constitution Article XII Section 1: “The defense and protection of the state and of the United States is an obligation of all persons within the state. The legislature shall provide for the discharge of this obligation and for the maintenance and regulation of an organized militia.”
Richard Henry Lee, “A militia when properly formed is in fact the people themselves…and include, according to the past and general usage of the states, all men capable of bearing arms… To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.”
Richard Henry Lee, “No free government was ever founded, or ever preserved its liberty, without uniting the characters of the citizen and soldier in those destined for the defense of the state…such area well-regulated militia, composed of the freeholders, citizen and husbandman, who take up arms to preserve their property, as individuals, and their rights as freemen.”
James Madison, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.”
George Washington, “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined…”
Our Founding Fathers on the Second Amendment
If the People have no experience with arms, how can they defend themselves, their neighbors and our Nation if called upon?
George Washington, “The Constitution [is to] be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms;
George Washington, “That no man should scruple, or hesitate a moment, to use arms in defense.”
John Adams, “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined.”
Thomas Jefferson, “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
Thomas Jefferson, “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”
Thomas Jefferson, “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.”
Thomas Jefferson, “The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They 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 to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
Thomas Jefferson, “A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.”
Thomas Jefferson, “The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.”
Benjamin Franklin, “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”
George Mason, “To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them.”
Noah Webster, “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops.”
Patrick Henry, “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined…. The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”
Patrick Henry, “Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?”
St. George Tucker, “This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty…. The right of self-defense 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 color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.”
Thomas Paine, “The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like law, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside. And while a single nation refuses to lay them down, it is proper that all should keep them up. Horrid mischief would ensue were one-half the world deprived of the use of them; for while avarice and ambition have a place in the heart of man, the weak will become a prey to the strong. The history of every age and nation establishes these truths, and facts need but little arguments when they prove themselves.”
Samuel Adams, “And that the said Constitution be never construed to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms…”
Joseph Story, “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”
Alexander Hamilton, “If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no resource left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers, may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual state.”
Tench Coxe, “As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”
Tenche Coxe, “The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American … the unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”
John Dickinson, “With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live as slaves.”
Roger Sherman, “Conceived it to be the privilege of every citizen, and one of his most essential rights, to bear arms, and to resist every attack upon his liberty or property, by whomsoever made. The particular States, like private citizens, have a right to be armed, and to defend by force of arms, their rights, when invaded.”
Zachariah Johnson, “The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.”
 George Washington, Debates of the Massachusetts Convention of February 6, 1788
 George Washington, letter to George Mason April 5th 1769
 John Adams, speech to US Congress January 8, 1790
 Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Constitution, Draft 1, 1776
 Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, January 30, 1787
 Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787
 Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776
 Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 19, 1785
 Thomas Jefferson, letter to to John Cartwright, 5 June 1824
 George Mason, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, June 14, 1788
 Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, October 10, 1787
 Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778
 Patrick Henry, Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution
 St. George Tucker, Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, 1803
 Thomas Paine, “Thoughts on Defensive War” in Pennsylvania Magazine, July 1775
 Samuel Adams, Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788
 Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, 1833
 Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28
 Tench Coxe, Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789
 Tenche Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788
 John Dickinson, July 6, 1775
 Roger Sherman, Debates on 1790 Militia Act
 Zachariah Johnson, Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 25, 1788
 Original source: Death by “Gun Control,” by Aaron Zelmen and Richard W. Stevens; Mazel Freedom Press, Inc; January 1, 2001.
 George Mason, Address to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 4, 1788
 George Mason, Virginia Declaration of Rights, June 12 1776
 Richard Henry Lee, Federal Farmer No. 18, January 25, 1788
 Richard Henry Lee, Gazette (Charleston), September 8 1788
 James Madison, I Annals of Congress 434, June 8, 1789
 George Washington, First Annual Address, to both House of Congress, January 8, 1790