The Nation exist because of the Constitution... the Constitution exist because of the Militia and an armed People. The rule of law is secured by a proper and functioning militia... See: Article 1, Section 8, Clauses 14 and 15. To this end, the Militia must be armed with the weapons necesary to secure the Law and with it... the cause of liberty.
The Militia is present to enforce the law... against enemies of the People. The 2nd Amendment was established to institutionalize the Militia and too ensure the People's right to be armed as necessary to protect their liberty and property. It is essential, to the maintenance of liberty and the security of property rights, that the freedom of the right to keep and bare arms never be surrendered. It is the right to keep and bare arms that is the linch pin by which the People assert and protect their inalenable rights to life, liberty and the persuit of happiness.
Tyrants and usurpers always seek to disarm the Militia... an armed People. However, the militia in these United States is part of the Constitution in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15 and 16. The Constitution establishes the Militia as an institution of its creation, part of the balance of power, an instrument of the People, too be called forth for three primary reasons: 1) To execute the laws of the land. 2) Too, supress insurrection. 3) Too, repel invasions. The militia is a permanent Constitutional institution, on an equal status with the Congress, Administration and Federal Courts. In fact, it is the People's guard against a LAWLESS GOVERNMENT. Congress may call the Militia to restore law and order, supress insurrection and to repel invasions, as it sees fit. The Militia may be used to remove rouge elements within the government, where insurrection and lawlessness is rampant.
The rights of a free people exist only by the exercise of force of arms... the power needed to enforce the laws of the land, was to rest primarily with the People and their Militia, not a standing Army or a Police State. It is a free people who establish just governments, which bring equity and order to society. Without power the People's Militia is incapable of defending liberty or to enforce the rule of law. Tyrants and usurpers whose purpose is to RULE the People, must first disarm them and nulify the Militia; thus an armed tyrant binds the labor and property of a free people to their use and cause. It is an ARMED PEOPLE and their Militia that is a terror to rogue governments and tyrants. Our founders guaranteed the right of the People to keep and bare arms, as part of a greater force for good, the Militia. The Militia is the sword of a free people and the defender of liberty against rouge governments.
The Militia is not the National Guard... it is not an arm of the government. Rather, it is an Armed Citizenry that is the Militia. An organized and unorganized Militia exist, by right of Constitutional and statutory law, in every State of the Union. There corporate body, when properly armed and trained, exist to secure the common liberty of our Nation. Our founding father's understood all governments gravitates toward corruption, that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. They institutionalized the Militia, within the Constitution itself, as the People's means of defense, against a corrupt Government. The Second Amendment guards the People's right to keep and bare arms as part of the Militia. The right to keep and bare arms is the underpinning power of a free People, a Militia, able to defend against the abuses of a rogue government.
Those who attempt to remove the right to keep and bare arms... endanger the balance of Constitutional Power between the People and those who govern. The power of the Militia rests in the right of the people to keep and bare arms. So fundamental to freedom, is the right of self-defense, that our founders ensconsed the Second Amendment to guarantee that right against future usurpation by rouge governments. Arms for Hunting and Personal Defense are a bonus benefit of the Second Amendment, not the primary purpose of the Second Amendment. The Constitutional purpose of the Second Amendment is to secure the People's right to an armed Militia; the People's agent to enforce the rule of law, to put down insurrection and reple invasion.
Despots and rouge governments fear an armed People and their Militia... knowing that when the People are armed they have the means and power to establish law and order as they see fit. A rouge government seeks to disarm the People in order to control and subdue the general population. A free people don't fear their government and a fearful people are a people without the means to defend against those who would usurp their liberty by force of arms. Laws are useless without the power to enforce them.
Our Constitution is meaningless if the People lack the power to enforce it's law. The People of the United States remain armed for the time being. It is therefore imparative that the People remain armed and prepared to defend liberty and the rule of law, thru the force of arms, it they desire to remain free. However, when a history of usurpations and abuses of power, by government, prove to be insurrmountable agents, designed to deprive the People of their liberty, it becomes the right, nay the duty, of such a people to cast off the bounds of that rouge government and too establish new guards for their liberty.
That time is rapidly approaching... watch for the tyrants too begin arms consfiscation. That will be the call to arms and the sign for mobilizing the People's Militias. Any law or regulation that is contrary to the Constitution has no legal standing. It is only thru the illegal abuse of power that the agents of law enforcement take away the right to keep and bare arms from citizens of the United States. The right to keep and bare arms, shall not be infringed is Constitutional law... the supreme law of the land. It is time that the People remind their government of its purpose and too defend their rights under the Constituton to keep and bare arms as they see fit... not as some government agent, illegal law or regulation dictates.
For so many the idea of a Militia is what Hollywood has shown us, something to feared and of no good to We The People.
Now for many of US realizing that there needs to be an armed form of protection not only from the illegal activities but also to be counter-weight to our corrupt government.
Exactly... The Militia is the people's counter weight to a rouge government ... A corrupt government, that is willing to use force of arms, against the people, too suppress the people's right of consent, to be governed.
The Militia can be activated by Congress or the President... it can also be used by the States for the purposes stated in the Constitution... including to restrain a rouge government. It is the final check in the systems of checks and balances our founders provided to the Nation and the people as a means to ensure the people's consent to be governed would not be overturned by the tyranny of a corrupt government..
We all know congress is trying to take away our right to bare arms so congress will never activate the militia, our President may activate the militia, but think he would rather use the military, the problem is that the military is so divided now that half is for the President and half against the President. So he may just call for the militia.
The State's have neglected establishing a 'well regulated' Militia... relying on the National Guard which is now joined at the hip with the Federal Government and the Active Military.
We need the States to establish well regulated State Militia... not private militia, State Militia... at one time run by the local sheriff or other law enforcement agent... doubling as posses. The current laws are sufficient if they are supported by funding and resources (training sites, equipment, etc.) supplied by the States....
The current Militia structure will not work ... it is totally inadequate to the task. The Second Amendment is clear: " A well regulated Militia, being NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE, " is the basis for the remaining part of the 2d Amendment guaranteeing. the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Our founding fathers expected the several State's to maintain independent State Militia, as the primary guarantor of our Constitutional liberty... the last line of defense against a rouge State (Federal Government)..
However, we have neglected to maintain a well regulated... Militia. Effectively, the People have no functioning Militia and our liberty stands in the balance.
Doubt if there is a state government that will want to fund a state militia for as you have stated the state depends on the national guards and state police to do the job.
Do not know of any state that does not depend on federal money to keep that state afloat.
If there is to be any militia it will have to be done by private citizens funded by themselves, equipped by themselves and supported by themselves.
This is not going to be like any war or police action that we have ever fought in the last 200+ years.
Every State has a Statutory 'Irregular Militia'... it is the State's reserve force too replace the National Guard when federalized. The Irregular Militia however has not been funded or organized by the States...
What could occur with minimum support of the Governor and Legislators... is the proper organization of private militia, into an all volunteer 'irregular militia'. Whereby , the State would CHARTER ... authorize standing volunteer units across the State... provide for the commissioning of their officers, standardize their training and minimum equipping, and provide for the equipment, technical and specialty training, needed too bring the 'irregular militia' to a minimum state of readiness.
The State would need to fund a small Office of the Irregular Militia, under the State Adjutant General's purview... for the organizing, recruiting, planning, training, coordinating, directing and control, of the State's irregular militia. Relatively small sums of money should be provided each year (10-15 million) to support specialty training on basic equipment and armaments, not available to the part time irregular militia... and to support 2 weeks of organized field training per year. The training on and the use of State Facilities and major items of equipment: Armor, Field Artillery, Communications equipment, etc., would be coordinated and secured using National Guard equipment and support/trainers. The funding is for reimbursement of use for the equipment, feeding, transport, medical care, and a small stipend for those taking the training.
Uniforms, personal armaments, ammunition and the necessary supplies... too support training and equipping the irregular militia, should be standardized and provided by the volunteer. Small State supported subsidies and access to military surplus, at cost, could be used for weapons, uniforms, and the basic needs, of the individual and unit.
In any event I once did a study and the average investment by an individuals would be 1500.00... The State would need to provide an addition 1500.00 per individual, per year, for training and support. The total investment by the State would be about 15 million annually for a Division of 10K men. This is not a prohibitive investment, when one considers the benefits such a militia provides the State: its own organized force to respond to disasters, riot and too defend its borders and Constitution... against enemies foreign and domestic.
Private Citizens have not been able to properly fund or organize such an undertaking (a viable national militia)... It is estimated that less than 10K private militiamen are under arms and they are ill trained, poorly equipped and have no armor, artillery, or signal equipment capable of engaging a modern army...they are in effect, USELESS ... NO DANGEROUS, to our cause... As they give some false hope, that armed resistance as militia, is a viable option to return Constitutional government to the US.
The National Guard IS NO LONGER... an exclusive State Militia... it is has been coopted by Federal regulation, funding, equipping and training. In effect the National Guard has become the combat arm of the Federal Military Reserves... Governors don't have unfettered access to mobilize the National Guard... to support State claims or disputes over sovereignty or too engage a rogue federal government.
All Governments must have a supreme authority to insure the survival of it. Ours is supposedly in 'We, The People' having the final say. How do we declare this authority? By two means. Balloting and bitching.
Both means are predicated on government listening to the people, and then acting in accordance with what they are told.
The Constitution is the written voice of the People of the United States of America in order to allow government to function, but only in compliance with the provisions and restrictions that are in it. Amendments are allowed but only by restricted process, of which there are but two.
The voice of the people cannot be diminished because it is the Supreme Authority of Government. Taking away the right of the People to keep and bear arms is not permissible, not even by the Amendment process, simply because it diminishes that Authority.
Here is the kicker. IF the People express their voice as desiring to give up their right to bear arms, then what they are actually doing is surrendering their right to be protected and governed by the U.S. Constitution.
Lincoln said it best. " No government, in its organic law, ever had a provision to terminate itself." That is not a direct quote, but close to it.
Taking away the right to bear arms by American citizens is unconstitutional period.
Not only that, it is stupid.
With this going on there will never be a militia
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