The possession of arms is the distinction of a freeman from a slave. He who has nothing, and belongs to another, must be defended by him, and needs no arms: but he who thinks his is his own master, and has anything he may call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself and what he possesses, or else live precariously and at discretion.
Fletcher, Andrew. Speeches by a Member of Parliament. Edinburgh, 1703. 43. Print
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