Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

Year: 1764, 1774-1776
Context: Quoted by Thomas Jefferson in Commonplace Book
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Cesare Beccaria (criminologist)Original quote by Cesare Beccaria (criminologist), On Crimes and Punishment, 1764