Draft:Revolutionary soldiers provided their own guns

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False. The government provided most weapons.

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Retort Deep-Dive[edit | edit source]

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/GunControlDiscussion/permalink/2006452846323766/
  • "If most individuals did not own guns, where were the weapons for the militia? In 1754, there were only enough guns to arm a sixth of the eligible militiamen. The GOVERNMENT set about BUYING and impressing every gun it could find, offering additional bounties to any volunteer who would bring his own gun. Surprisingly few people were in a position to take advantage of this offer of quick cash. In one company OF 85 MEN, ONLY SEVEN SHOWED UP WITH THEIR OWN GUNS. The record indicates that this figure of 8 percent was fairly typical throughout the colonies.'"
  • "Michael A. Bellesiles, a Colonial historian at Emory University, when -- while searching through over a thousand probate records from the frontier sections of New England and Pennsylvania for 1763 to 1790 -- he found that only 14 percent of the men owned guns, and over half of those guns were unusable."

- GARRY WILLS, New York Times, September 10, 2000 http://movies2.nytimes.com/books/00/09/10/reviews/000910.10willot.html?fbclid=IwAR1CPpwdlnfnm5d7SvCVxpqq4PoN2dWLT3PVcWVxi_b0SnClRjBQ-xQDvfg

  • "There were very few factories in the colonies that could produce the weapons and the equipment needed by an army. The money necessary to pay for supplies was issued by the new state governments and the new central government."