• The danger (where there is any) from armed citizens, is only to the *government*, not to *society*; and as long as they have nothing to revenge in the government (which they cannot have while it is in their own hands) there are many advantages in their being accustomed to the use of arms, and no possible disadvantage.

    Joel Barlow (1796). “The Political Writings of Joel Barlow ... A New Edition Corrected”, p.24