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As the Founding Fathers knew well, a government that does not trust its honest, law-abiding, taxpaying citizens with the means of self-defense is not itself worthy of trust. Laws disarming honest citizens proclaim that the government is the master, not the servant of the people... The Bill of Rights does not grant rights to the people, such that its repeal would legitimately confer upon government the powers otherwise proscribed. The Bill of Rights is the list of the fundamental, inalienable rights, endowed in man by his Creator, that define what it means to be a free and independent people, the rights which must exist to ensure that government governs only with the consent of the people.

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A Nation of Cowards, 113 Public Interest (Fall 1993) 1993

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Jeffrey R. Snyder

Jeff Snyder is an author who wrote the Nation of Cowards: Essays on the Ethics of Gun Control.

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