“The power of the sword, say the minority of Pennsylvania, is in the hands of Congress.
My friends, it is not so, for the powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from 16 to 60. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible.
Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright 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
Note; I find that everything I read from the Founding Fathers, that their meaning of ‘militia’ and ‘people’ is irrefutably synonymous.
M. Shean www.mafirearmsafety.com