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An image shared on Facebook Sunday claimed that President George Washington said, “A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”
This quote is a distortion of Washington’s first annual address to Congress in 1790.
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In an everlasting debate about gun control and the 2nd Amendment, this meme attempts to use the authority of Washington, the country’s first president, to argue that Americans need arms to protect themselves from those who might wish to take away their freedom, including the government.
However, Washington did not actually say this.
Rather, the quote appears to borrow the opening...
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