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[–] MiMx 1 points 22 points (+23|-1) ago 

"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." -- George Washington

“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the people's liberty teeth keystone... the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable... more than 99% of them by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane hands. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference. When firearms go, all goes, we need them every hour.” -- George Washington, Address to 1st session of Congress

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[–] carlinco 2 points 8 points (+10|-2) ago 

Which to me implies that the right to keep arms includes not only the light weapons allowed right now.

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[–] MiMx 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

George Washington saw the terror of tyranny, and the greatness of freedom. He saw, and lead good men to die for it to create one of the greatest republics ever. Not to mention his life, actions, and words counter almost every point every made (as well as the overwelming amounts of history) of the OP.

Over time governments gain power which they are slow, if impossible, to reliqish it. As these governments gain power it is important to have freedom over saftey, and one way to have freedom is through the threat of violence.

"It should be that man controls government, not that government controls man." - Gary Johnson

“Civil Wars happen when the victimized are armed. Genocide happens when they are not.” ― A.E. Samaan

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[–] Sonic 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago  (edited ago)

http://www.snopes.com/george-washington-gun-quote/

Second one is a real quote, but by C.S. Wheatly

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[–] MiMx 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Among the many interesting objects, which will engage your attention, that of providing for the common defence will merit particular regard. To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.

A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a Uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others, for essential, particularly for military supplies.

The proper establishment of the Troops which may be deemed indispensible, will be entitled to mature consideration. In the arrangements which may be made respecting it, it will be of importance to conciliate the comfortable support of the Officers and Soldiers with a due regard to economy.

-- George Washington

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[–] MiMx 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

“[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” ― James Madison

I'm here all day folks.