Catching up on my reading the other day, I came across the following quotation:
The distinction between a well-regulated army and a mob is the good order and discipline of the first, and the licentious and disorderly behavior of the latter.
The author of those words: General George Washington, upon arriving in Brooklyn on August 25, 1776, and observing this “licentious and disorderly behavior” in camp, as described by Philip Fithian:
Carts and horses driving every way among the army. Men marching out and coming in . . . . Small arms and field pieces continually firing. All in tumult.
Can there be any doubt that the “well-regulated militia” of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution does not simply mean a loose class of undisciplined citizens united only by the fact of firearms ownership?
Oh, that book I was reading was not a rare antique, but David McCullough’s 1776, a New York Times No. 1 best seller, with more than three million copies in print. Pick up a copy and read page 161 soon.