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Uncle Sam is asking Americans if they could refrain from slapping guns on their drones

Jellied Eel Silver badge

Re: But...but

The US of the late 1700s/first half of 1900s was really a large oligarchy like Athens at its peak, and the idea that the common people or slaves would "bear arms" except under the rule of the rich was laughable. Paul Revere, for instance, was very definitely upper middle class.

There was also the British tradition of regimental commands being sold to the highest bidder, ie buying commissions. Which also lead to some regiments being better equipped/supplied than others, if they were lucky enough to have a wealthy patron that invested in their troops.

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