Odds and Ends
Armed to immobilize
6 9, 9:21pm
So clearly times have changed, and what may have seemed a good idea at a time coming out of a successful rebellion, may no longer apply. As you point out, these armed "hooligans" were used more for the wrong purposes than for their original ones.
It's like you've had an "An update for your constitution is ready to be installed" notification, and you just clicked "Remind me later" for over a century.