We do not have to guess. The quote in post #2392 is from a letter Jefferson wrote. The entire letter is available to read. The context of the quote is in the letter. Jefferson was not encouraging the boy to carry a gun as protection from either criminals or slaves. It was nothing of the sort. Rather, he was encouraging him to carry it and use it for sport, and was criticizing the sport and games engaged in by other boys his age. Jefferson thought carrying a gun would develop the boy's character.It is rewriting. Saul Cornell is an anti gun historian who is funded by big money groups like the Joyce Foundation to write anti gun research.