The Militia Laws should be repealed and none suffered to be re-enacted, the Arms of all the People should be taken away, & every piece of Ordnance removed into the King’s Stores, nor should any Foundry or manufactory of Arms, Gunpowder, or Warlike Stores, be ever suffered in America, nor should any Gunpowder, Lead, Arms or Ordnance be imported into it without License: they will have but little need of such things for the future, as the King’s Troops, Ships & Forts will be sufficient to protect them from any danger.
Under Secretary of State in the British Colonial Office
What is Fit to be Done with America?
From The Arms Of All The People Should Be Taken Away
[The government will protect you! We hear that now and it would seem people have heard that for as long as there have been governments. Upon the first hearing of claims such as these one should take appropriate and vigorous action to remove the people making the claims from power.
See also my post on this over five years ago.—Joe]