kbright Wrote:
Dec 23, 2012 12:11 PM
The Pennsylvania minority at its ratifying convention demanded a guarantee of a very broad right to arms, that "the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and their own State or the United States, or for the purpose of killing game." Joel Barlow, Revolutionary War veteran, who authored “Advice to the Privileged Orders, in the Several States of Europe”, a clergyman and theologian, a popular poet, a successful diplomat, and an American whose political writings were debated on the floor of Parliament. Barlow said: "… not only permitting every man to arm, but obliging him to arm.”