Thomas Jefferson: "One loves to possess arms"; and advising his 15-year-old nephew, he wrote, "A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks."
Sources: Don B. Kates, Jr., "Handgun Prohibition and the Original Meaning of the Second
Amendment," University of Michigan Law Review, Vol. 82, No. 2, November 1983,
pp. 204-73, especially pp. 221-30.
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