"Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords
... and every terrible implement of the soldier ...
are the birthright of Americans. 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 it will always remain, in the hands of the people."
- Tenche Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.
If the government gets its authority from the people who created it, then where does the government get the authority to own and operate howitzers? FROM THE PEOPLE.