This week’s historical quote from Proclaiming Liberty is by Manly C. Beebe who was a delegate to the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention of 1872 and 1873.
“Thieves and murderers never would and never do regard any law of this kind, and the revolver under such circumstances is the best conservator of the public peace in the hands of law-abiding men. No man desires to be in the position of being assailed by a lot of drunken bullies who are reckless of anything they may do unless restrained by fear.”
Beebe, Manly C. Remarks on 25 Sept. 1873 in Pennsylvania’s constitutional convention, qtd. in Debates of the Convention to Amend the Constitution of Pennsylvania. Ed. unknown. Harrisburg, PA: Benjamin Singerly State Printer, 1873. 259. Print.
This quote is found on page 20 of Proclaiming Liberty which is available from Amazon.com for $12.95. The Kindle edition is now available for $3.95.