in violation of the Federal Constitution, which gives every citizen the right to bear arms

. . . We cited in illustration of this principle the fact that in every Southern State bands of ex-rebel Militias; “Nigger-Killers,” Regulators, &c. had been formed for the express purpose of exercising such a control over the blacks as the State courts could not. The military bands, in violation of the Federal Constitution, which gives every citizen the right to bear arms, have disarmed the blacks, shot them down if they resisted, and placed them practically under military law. . . .

[Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Thursday, May 3, 1866. Vol. XIX. Number 333. Pg. 2 – excerpted from the article “The President’s Arguments” Again”]

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The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms shall NOT be infringed.

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