Rights and Responsibilities… Our First President Agrees.

I had a student with the following quote on his shirt last week in Utah:

A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined.” -George Washington

I like this quote. The context of the statement, as many have explained, is most likely in regard to the establishment of a National Defense, not an individual armed person, but the message we can take today is that Rights come with Responsibilities. Merely having a gun is not enough… and having that gun incurs an obligation to train, practice, properly prevent unauthorized access and to present as little danger to others as possible through our firearms ownership and use. Avoid conflict when we can, deescalate when the option exists and be prepared to use force when necessary to protect ourselves or others. Education and Preparation are the key.

Here is a more complete version of the quote, from George Washington’s first State of the Union Address:

“Among the interesting objects, which will engage your attention, that of providing for the common defence will merit particular regard. To be prepared for War is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well digested plan is requisite. And their safety and interest require, that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others for essential, particularly for military supplies.”

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