A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on books, commitment, confidence, determination, and laws

Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776 Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve, rather, to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764

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