Tenche Coxe

1638 - 1896

A Quote by Tenche Coxe on birth, congress, constitution, god, government, military, people, power, soldiers, and trust

While the states were considering ratification of the Constitution: Who are the militia? are they not ourselves. Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American. . . . The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.

Tenche Coxe (1638 - 1896)

Source: The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788

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A Quote by Tenche Coxe on congress, god, government, military, people, power, soldiers, and trust

Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American. . . . The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.

Tenche Coxe (1638 - 1896)

Source: The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

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A Quote by Tenche Coxe on citizenship, country, duty, force, military, people, power, and privacy

As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow-citizens, the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.

Tenche Coxe (1638 - 1896)

Source: “Remarks on First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution" Federal Gazette 6-18-1789

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