Charondas made a law against anyone entering the Assembly while carrying a weapon, but one day, having been out in the countryside fighting robbers, he returned and went straight into the Assembly without realizing that he still wore his dagger at his side. When he was accused of nullifying his own law, he made the ultimate sacrifice to uphold it: he drew the dagger and killed himself.

(Uit een artikel op de website van The New Yorker over het wapenbeleid van de oude Grieken in relatie tot dat van de VS.)