Thanks to John Barrett, I have begun to study Algernon Sidney's "Discourses Concerning Government" - a book which informed Thomas Jefferson when he wrote our Declaration of Independence. It is an absolutely seminal work on the qualities of GOOD and JUST government, and it is the reason why we have a constitutional republic, and not a straightforward democracy (unlike what the progressives would try and lull you into believing).
To anyone who has been a gun-owner for any length of time, there are two memes that are repeated ad-nauseum by people who would seek to curtail the expression of your 2nd Amendment right:
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