The disarming of the militia was part of the monarchy’s long effort to disarm its subjects, especially its potentially troublesome ones. . . . In the interest of public order, minority groups and privileged elements were urged to rely on the protection of the crown, not upon their own devices. In the case of the Huguenots, this reliance was to be ill placed; in 1685 Louis XIV withdrew the state’s protection and began a policy of persecution.
— Lee Kennett and Jules LaVerne Anderson, The Gun in America (1975), p. 185, emphasis added
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There’s no doubt in my mind that our 2nd Am is birthed in the concern that saw actual practice in what you describe here; i.e., the over-reach of a dynastic/tyrannical government.
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