What, sir, is the use of militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty. Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.
Elbridge Gerry
U.S. House of Representatives
August 17, 1789

Elbridge Gerry
July 17, 1744 – November 23, 1814