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"Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American ... the unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people."
Tench Coxe (more quotes by Tench Coxe or books by/about Tench Coxe)
(1755-1824) American political economist
20 Feb 1788
Militia, Congress, God, America, Trust