A look at the shortage of firearms in Revolutionary-era Maine. Today, the article reports, about four in ten people in the state own a gun. In 1770, it is estimated that there was about one gun for every twenty people. The myth of the armed minutemen and mass firearms ownership arose for a variety of reasons, the author suggests, including postwar political squabbles.
Sargent, Colin S., "Musket Mythology" (2014). Maine News Index – Portland Monthly. 1844.