On the 2nd Amendment – Bill Richardson & L. A. Powe, Jr.

“When a legislature decides to steal some of our rights and plans to use police 
force to accomplish it, what’s the real difference between them and the thief? 
Darn little! They hide behind the excuse that they’re legislating 
democratically. The fact they do it by a majority vote has no moral 
significance whatsoever. Numerical might does not constitute right, no more 
than a lynch mob can justify its act because a majority participated.”
– H. L. Richardson

[Hubert Leon "Bill" Richardson] California state senator (1966-1988), author, Founder and Chairman of Gun Owners of America

“The purpose of the Bill of Rights was to limit what the federal government could do. Any interpretation of a provision of the Bill of Rights as a grant of federal power is ipso facto wrong.”
– L. A. Powe, Jr.
Centennial Professor of Law at The University of Texas

Source: Guns, Words, And Constitutional Interpretation, 38 William & Mary L. R. 1311, 1341-42 (1997).

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