To suppose arms in the hands of citizens to be used at individual discretion except in private self-defense or by partial orders of towns countries or districts of a state is to demolish every constitution and lay the laws prostrate so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. The fundamental law of the militia is that it be created directed and commanded by the laws and ever for the support of the laws.
John Adams A Defence of the Constitutions of the United States 475(1787-1788) Link

Send to Kindle

George

Creator and moderator of www.opensourcechristian.com Instigator in Chief Thought Leader Defiant of Evil Defender of Good