On June 2, in 1774, the British Parliament passed the Quartering Act, 4th of the Intolerable Acts. But it wasn’t attacking American liberty. It was attacking British liberty in the colonies.
There had been a long struggle in England against the Stuarts’ efforts to create a standing army answerable to the executive instead of relying on an armed citizen militia, to the point that it’s expressly mentioned in the 1689 Bill of Rights.
Armed citizens distrusting a state trying to gather up the weapons isn’t some American neurosis. It’s part of the long struggle for liberty under law on which Canada too was founded, and the subject of our Right to Arms documentary.