Some princes, so as to hold securely the state, have disarmed their subjects…

Some princes, so as to hold securely the state, have disarmed their subjects … But when you disarm them, you at once offend them by showing that you distrust them, either for cowardice or lack of confidence, and both these opinions generate hatred against you. And because you cannot remain unarmed, it follows that you turn to hired police. … Therefore a wise prince has always distributed arms to the general population. — Nicolo Machiavelli