"Are we at last brought to such an humiliating and debasing degradation
that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense? Where is the
difference between having our arms under our own possesion and under our own
direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense
be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted
with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?"
- Patrick Henry