Humiliating and Debasing Degradation

Are we at last brought to such a humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defence? Where is the difference between having our arms in our own possession and under our own direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defence be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?
Patrick Henry
Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution
June 9, 1788

Patrick Henry
May 29, 1736 - June 6, 1799

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