Todays debate over militias was pure Americana. Like later bluegrass music, Nascar and baseball, we had an approach, an attitude that was unique to history. What other nation in the modern era utilized an armed citizenry for its defense?
Despite the dangers surrounding our young nation, we rejected standing armies. Despite less than reliable service from militias during the revolutionary war, our Framers embraced a militia based defense system whose control was shared between the States and National government. Pure Americana.
Militias defeated the British. Do you know who finally instituted a standing army for the US? IIRC, it was the old flip-flopper himself—James Madison, while serving his disastrous presidential term.