~ Article 2.a, NH Constitution

'All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the State.'

~ Patrick Henry

'Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.'

~ Noah Webster

'Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed...'

~ John Adams

'Resistance to sudden violence, for the preservation not only of my person, my limbs, and life, but of my property, is an indisputable right of nature which I have never surrendered to the public by the compact of society, and which perhaps, I could not surrender if I would.'

~ George Mason

'To disarm the people is the best and perhaps the most effectual way to enslave them.'