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Illinois state legislator says he stands by bogus Thomas Jefferson quotation about guns
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By Pat Cunningham
July 27, 2013 5:11 p.m.



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Debunking phony quotations, especially those attributed to any of our Founding Fathers, is among my favorite pastimes.

And now an uncommonly delicious opportunity to indulge this hobby has arisen in the form of a challenge from a politician who actually welcomes efforts to disprove a quotation he attributes to Thomas Jefferson.

But first, a little background is in order.

As I’ve noted here on several previous occasions, there’s a notion among some firearms enthusiasts these days that the Second Amendment is intended mainly as a safeguard against an oppressive government.

I’m not talking about ordinary gun-owners or sportsmen or ladies ...

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