Second Militia Act of 1792
Copyright Will Ghormley 2012

Every weapon used for military purposes is an assault weapon. The flintlock muskets and rifles of the Revolutionary War were the state of the art assault weapons of their day. The colonial rifle, compared to the military issued British musket, was a far superior weapon for accuracy, and the British thought it unfair the colonials could shoot accurately at longer ranges! The musket, without the rifling in the barrel giving the lead ball spin and stability, was faster to load, and could shoot more rounds without cleaning, but was not near as accurate.

Flintlock weapons were the “assault weapons” of their day. The point of the “Assault Weapons Ban” isn’t about assault weapons, it is about leaving American Citizens vulnerable to superior firepower. Any bald-face-lie saying the Second Amendment Right to keep and bear arms doesn’t apply to modern assault weapons is just a lie. The Second Amendment directly addressed the assault weapons of their day, and not only that, people were mandated by the Federal Government to own them!

 “The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good.” – George Washington

In fact, the Second Amendment’s reference to keep and bear arms directly addressed the private ownership of contemporary assault weapons. In the Second Militia act of 1792, the Federal Government mandated that every able bodied male between the ages of 18-45, arm themselves with a musket, bayonet, belt, two spare flints, cartridge box with 24 powder/ball cartridges, knapsack, and if a man owned a rifle rather than a musket; a powder horn, ¼ pound of powder, 20 rifle balls, shooting pouch and knapsack. This listing represents the contemporary outfit of a modern SWAT TEAM member!

The important thing to notice in this Federal Mandate is; these were privately owned weapons provided by the individuals from their own resources, to be used in military service in protection of the Union and fellow citizens! The government didn’t own or supply the powder, lead, or weapons, but expected individuals to bring their own. In effect, the Federal Government mandated that every male between the ages of 18-45 should not only own an assault weapon and the ammo to deploy it, but, bring it in defense of one-another and the Government! The Federal Government mandated the private ownership of assault weapons! The lie from the oppressors about assault weapons couldn’t be any farther from the truth.

These following comments were recorded from the ratification delegation for the Bill of Rights in 1788.

George Mason, “…when the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually.” 

Zacharia Johnson, “…the people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.”

During the ratification process, Edmund Pendleton objected to allowing citizens being armed as recourse against government abuse. He argued the politicians who abused power should be “recalled”.

Patrick Henry replied, “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty! Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force! Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined. O sir, we should have fine times indeed, if to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone…Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation…inflicted by those who had no power at all?”

This same assault weapon debate happened in 1788 when ratification of our Second Amendment Right were discussed. It was pointed out by those who wanted to take guns away, if politicians behaved badly, they should simply be recalled, or in current parlance, “voted out of office”. Patrick Henry heatedly replied that if just gathering together to vote was enough to get rid of evil politicians, it would be a wonderful life. But if we let politicians take our weapons away, we have nothing left with which to defend our Liberties. And no successful resistance to oppression was ever accomplished without weapons.

Those who understand fallen human nature, and have studied history, know there is nothing new under the sun. Evil individuals in oppressive governments will always try to strip any means of defense away from citizens. Those who wanted to disarm American Citizens during the ratification of our Second Amendment Rights were defeated then. Those who would attempt the same thing today must be defeated now. If not defeated, Patrick Henry replies, “you are ruined”.