#26...."Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other
terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American... The unlimited
power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state government,
but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people" (Tench
Coxe, Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788)
"I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for few public officials."
(George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 425-426)