After August 1969, those who would form the core o f Provisional IRA began to seek arms. A great many in Ireland mistakenly assumed that they needed more arms when in fact there was almost nothing and most of that in the hands o f Dublin GHQ. Arms were the key. No one doubted that they could acquire the volunteers if they had the guns. They were assured of the commitment and organization, the leadership and the example; but there was no possibility o f an armed struggle unless there were arms.