In referral to bill Hall"s Aug. 15 letter come the editor, "Right to eight isn"t obsolete," 2 of his statements are incorrect.

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First, the this nation has never been invaded, and also second, the the Japanese were deterred from invading us since of civilian pistol ownership.

during the war of 1812 our nation was invaded several times. The capture and also burning of Washington D.C. And the attack on Baltimore in 1814 are two solid local examples, no to cite smaller raids all follow me the Chesapeake by the British during that war. And, the battle of brand-new Orleans took place at the really end the that war after the peace treaty had actually been signed.

Japanese Admiral Yamamoto is declared by some to have actually said, "You cannot invade the mainland unified States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass."

that statement is much repeated in various net postings, however this attribution is unsubstantiated. I would certainly like to understand what his resource is for the statement.

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native "Misquoting Yamamoto" through Brooks Jackson, "How do we know? we contacted Donald M. Goldstein, sometimes called "the dean of Pearl port historians." among his many publications are "The Pearl port Papers: inside the Japanese Plans" (1993) and also the best-selling "At Dawn we Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor" (1981). The is a professor in ~ the Graduate institution of Public and also International Affairs at the college of Pittsburgh. That told united state the supposed Yamamoto quote is "bogus."

"Prof. Goldstein: I have never checked out it in writing. It has been attributed come , yet no one had ever before seen it or quote it from wherein they acquired it. Some civilization say that it come from ours work, however I never ever said it. ... As of today it is bogus till someone can mention when and also where.

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"... Us make no debate either for or against gun ownership. But we perform object to fabricating quotes and also passing them turn off as historical fact."

My expertise is that the Jeffersonians and others in this country feared the possibility of a standing military after gaining independence and instead sought to count on a citizen soldier militia to defend our country, for this reason the preamble to the second Amendment around the need for a fine regulated militia. The war of 1812 demonstrated that there was a require for a solid professional army and navy to protect our country.

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