“Little more can be reasonable aimed at with respect to the people at large than to have them properly armed and equipped;…This will not only lessen the call for military establishments; but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidible to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little , if at all, inferior to them in discipline and the use of their arms, who stand ready to defend their rights and those of their fellow citizens.”
—Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist No. 29
Whaaaaat? One of the ARCHITECTS of our Constitution, even before there was a Bill of Rights and a Second Amendment, not only supported the concept of an armed citizenry, but contemplated it as a means to preserve the liberties of the people? I guess he realized that a sternly worded letter was a poor means of keeping an overreaching government in check. Thankfully, we now have a government lead by people with nothing of the best intentions, who would never lie to us, and never propose the curtailing of rights that are not government’s to give to begin with, right?