Thursday, December 17, 2009

James Madison, State vs. Kerner, Wilson v. State

"A government that does not trust it's law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is itself unworthy of trust."
-- James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Source: Federalist Papers

"The maintenance of the right to bear arms is a most essential one to every free people and should not be whittled down by technical constructions."
-- State vs. Kerner
Source: 181 N.C. 574, 107 S.E. 222, at 224 (1921)

"To prohibit a citizen from wearing or carrying a war arm ... is an unwarranted restriction upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general
deprivation of constitutional privilege."
-- Wilson v. State
Source: 33 Ark. 557, at 560, 34Am. Rep. 52, at 54 (1878)