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From the Pennsylvania Gazette (Philadelphia) - February 20, 1788

Written in support of the Constitution by by Tenche Cox, writing as "a Pennsylvanian."
February 20, 1788

The power of the sword, say the minority of Pennsylvannia, is in the hands of Congress. My friends and countrymen, it is not so. THE POWERS OF THE SWORD ARE IN THE HANDS OF THE YEOMANRY OF AMERICA FROM SIXTEEN TO SIXTY. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared to any possible army must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are these militia? [A]re they not our selves. Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American....[T]he 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.(Emphasis in the original)