Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Reason for Militia

What, sir, is the use of a militia?  It is to prevent the establishment of a standing Army, the bane of liberty…. Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.”

Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, on floor debate over the Second Amendment [I Annals of Congress at 750 {August 17,1789}]

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