2nd Amendment Quotes from Our Founding Fathers

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No one knows or understands the 2nd Amendment better than the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. Today on our blog, we will be breaking down some of the more popular gun quotes from our Founding Fathers on the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms. Let us know if we missed any good ones and we can add them to our list. And just for the record, "Our rights shall not be infringed upon!"

Thomas Jefferson 2nd Amendment Quotes

“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

John Adams 2nd Amendment Quotes

“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.”

-John Adams, speech to US Congress January 8, 1790

George Washington 2nd Amendment Quotes

“And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; or to raise standing armies, unless necessary for the defense of the United States, or of someone or more of them; or to prevent the people from petitioning, in a peaceable and orderly manner, the federal legislature, for a redress of grievances; or to subject the people to unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons, papers or possessions.” – George Washington

“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 of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.” – George Washington

“That no man should scruple, or hesitate a moment, to use arms in defense of so valuable a blessing, on which all the good and evil of life depends, is clearly my opinion.” – George Washington

“It may be laid down, as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every citizen who enjoys the protection of a free government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it, and consequently that the Citizens of America (with a few legal and official exceptions) from 18 to 50 Years of Age should be borne on the Militia Rolls, provided with uniform Arms, and so far accustomed to the use of them, that the Total strength of the Country might be called forth at Short Notice on any very interesting Emergency.” – George Washington

Alexander Hamilton 2nd Amendment Quotes

“The Constitution shall never be construed...to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” – Alexander Hamilton

"For it is a truth, which the experience of ages has attested, that the people are always most in danger when the means of injuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion." – Alexander Hamilton

James Madison 2nd Amendment Quotes

“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, 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” – James Madison

“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

“The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned.” – James Madison

Benjamin Franklin 2nd Amendment Quotes

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." – Benjamin Franklin

George Mason 2nd Amendment Quotes

"I ask who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers." – George Mason

"To disarm the people... is the most effectual way to enslave them." – George Mason


For more information on the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms, and our Founding Fathers please visit the Wikipedia page here. And remember our rights shall not be infringed upon!

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