This article is about the general concept of deterrence. For the political science term nuclear deterrence, see deterrence theory
Deterrence is cited as a justification for the death penalty.
Deterrence as Envisioned by the Founding Fathers Against a Future Tyrannical Government
To the Founding Fathers such as Thomas Jefferson, American conservatives, libertarians, veterans, patriots, preppers and gun enthusiasts and from a Bill of Rights perspective, the unalienable rights of the Second Amendment act as the primary deterrence against big government Nanny state-Police state tyranny. Thus the slogan of Molon labe laconically represents that deterrence.
- Massad Ayoob, "Armed citizens: the deterrent factor", Backwoods Home Magazine, Website Exclusive January/February, 2001. http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/ayoob0109.html Accessed December 28, 2014