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"Who are the militia, if they be not the people of this country...?
I ask, who are the militia?  They consist of now of the whole people,
except a few public officers."

George Mason
(1725-1792), drafted the Virgina Declaration of Rights, ally of James Madison and George Washington
in the Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution, June 16, 1788, in_Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution,_ Jonathan Elliot, ed., v.3 p.425 (Philadelphia, 1836)

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