"An efficient militia is authorized and contemplated by the Constitution
and required by the spirit and safety of free government."
by:
James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Source:
Eighth Annual Message, December 3, 1816
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We have no efficient militia, we have no more free government.
 -- Dylan, Americus     
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    We need one now more than ever.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Putting complete trust in the government was never the intent of the Founders, quite the opposite really. It was understood that all Americans were citizen-soldiers, kings on their own land, and were to be ready for any usurpation. Another reason the federal government was to be restricted to the jurisdiction of Washington DC.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    I would say this applies to the 2nd Amendment.
     -- Frank, Elgin     
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