Let’s imagine it’s 1787, and you live in the newly formed United States. You know everyone in town, even crazy ol’ Abner Ledbetter, who has a farm down the road a ways. Well, one day, crazy ol’ Ab comes into town for supplies, and like most men, he is carrying his musket with him. What with the natives and forest beasts, a man can’t be too careful.

As he walks by the one-room schoolhouse, he suddenly screams and runs toward the one-room schoolhouse. He storms into the little building, and takes aim…

It is a massacre. Abner quick hands are able to reload the musket twice before he is finally stopped. Two are dead, and another will carry the lead ball for life.

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When the news reached James Madison, do you suppose he thought to himself, “The only thing that will stop a bad chap with a musket, is a good chap with a musket!”?