August 19, 2014
Correcting Reuters and Explaining What the Militia Is
Reuters recently came out with an article that stated the United States National Guard was the "US State Militia". This is a false statement, and I am going to explain why.
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution recognizes the right of the people to keep and bear arms for lawful purposes. The amendment also spells out the existence of a "well regulated militia". The amendment infers that the right of the people to keep and bear arms can and will lead to a well regulated militia, being necessary to security.
This "well regulated militia" has been called the unorganized or 'reserved' militia, which historically has meant any able bodied man age 17-45 who can pick up a gun and move. In modern times, it means any able bodied person who can pick up a gun and move. Here is why Eric Johnson got it wrong. He wrote that the National Guard IS the "US State Militia".
The truth is that both the national guard and the reserves/unorganized are both considered the militia, one recognized by US code and another as a natural right recognized by the Constitution. Insinuating that the National Guard is the only militia is a dangerous mind game that will suggest that citizens do not have the right to keep and bear arms, despite it being described right there in the Bill of Rights.
Historically, liberals and progressives have argued vociferously that the 2nd amendment only applies to the national guard, and that citizens have no right to own or use firearms. This has been supported by the likes of Diane Feinstein and Mike Bloomberg. When it suits them, they claim that the 2nd amendment refers to hunting. Nowhere in that document does the word 'hunting' exist, to my knowledge; nor does it imply 'hunting'. And thus, if you hear a politician say 'I support the 2nd amendment and hunting' you'd better look out.
If you are a US Citizen, aged 17 or older but not old enough to retire- you and I are part of the unorganized/reserve militia, whether you like it or not. Selective Service was the process of registering for this militia and for the draft, which means if there is a shortage of bodies for whatever outrageous conflict this country is involved in, you will be thrown into the armed forces. The draft has not been instituted for a long time, and I hardly qualify with medical problems. Some people volunteer their time to being prepared to be called up for assistance, and these individuals are part of militia groups that they formed themselves.
I felt strongly that I needed to clarify what the US militia really is. The National Guard typically is called up first. If they cannot deal with something or a campaign, foreign or domestic- needs more people, the unorganized militia volunteers to serve, by force or by choice.