TJ on gun control

Democrats today who hold Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners might not be so celebratory about TJ’s views of gun control. First, let’s get to the basic statement by TJ:

No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms.

As for gun control, as that phrase is understood today, I suspect you’d have gotten a quizzical look from Mr Jefferson, followed by a request to the local sheriff to have you arrested and sent to an insane asylum.

As for the control aspect, I’ve always maintained that gun control is about shooting discipline: shoot carefully, group your shots, allow for windage. That sort of thing. Most importantly, shooting is necessary for the mind and body.

According to TJ, football and other sports are “too violent.” Watching a typical football game, I’m afraid he’s right. From the Sage of Monticello:

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.

Good to know this is a man the Democrats idolize. I myself think he’s worthy of study, and emulation.

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