Civil Rulers

As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow-citizens, the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.
Tench Coxe
Philadelphia Federal Gazette
June 18, 1789

Tench Coxe
May 22, 1755 – July 17, 1824