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Noah Webster: the People…armed

Last night, I was reading through some 1780’s literature written by our Founders and other notable people of the times. I ran across a compilation of pamphlets, written by multiple authors during the time that the States were in the process of ratifying our Constitution.

One of the authors was Noah Webster…yes, the author of America’s first dictionary. Sidebar: Do you know why Mr. Webster wrote the nation’s first dictionary? It was so that the meanings of the words and phrases could not be changed in the future. Well, we see today how well that worked. Dictionaries have been revised throughout the years. Congress has even decided new “meanings” for words. As such, lawyers, politicians, and legislators have used this to change the meanings of the ideals expressed in the Constitution.

Anyway, back on point. Mr. Webster wrote a piece for a pamphlet titled, “An Examination of the leading principles of the Federal Constitution. In there I found a paragraph in which Mr. Webster references the People being armed. I will include a snapshot of this paragraph.

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom 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 that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.”

I believe this completely squashes many of our gun-control activists’ arguments concerning the right to bear arms. The 2nd Amendment states “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.” Many gun-control proponents say this intended for our military to be able to bear arms. There is a very simple flaw with this line of thinking. A military  who has no right to keep and bear arms is no military at all…it would be a mob. Now, you can see quite clearly in Mr. Webster’s own words the line of reasoning that people of that time period were using.



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