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Letís Call The Liberalsí Second Amendment Militia Bluff
Townhall.com ^ | July 11, 2019 | Kurt Schlichter

Posted on 07/11/2019 2:56:23 AM PDT by Kaslin

The Second Amendment is so clear and simple that only liberals, aided by a half-wit liberal law school professor-tariat that is to real lawyering as Jerry Nadler is to Chippendales, could pretend to be confused about its meaning with a straight face.

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The whole “shall not be infringed” part is a real problem for the left, since collectivist Castro-channelers prefer that we Americans be defenseless serfs existing at the government’s (i.e., their) mercy when we should be armed, freedom-loving citizens with the personal firepower to veto their pinko utopian schemes. So, they fixate on the 2A’s passing reference to the militia, spinning a prefatory statement that recognizes that a militia is a good thing into a directive to cancel out the whole “citizens having guns” part of the Second Amendment.

In other words, to defeat its very purpose.

It’s a silly interpretation, and one that’s not even remotely asserted in good faith, but why not put aside all the constitutional arguments supporting our right to pack heat and just call their militia bluff? Maybe we should reinvigorate the concept of a militia in our great nation, if only to annoy liberals.

So, pick up your weapon and fall in. Let’s do this thing. America, let’s get our militia on.

What is the “militia” anyway? It’s not goofy dudes in camo playing army. It’s the American people. It was those farmers, blacksmiths and other assorted non-hipsters who the Brits tried to disarm and who got all shooty in response. Today, it’s us, you and me, regular citizens with military arms so they can cap criminals and tyrants like bosses just as Nature intended.

That “well-regulated” part is what the Second Amendment Truthers focus on, but their analysis here (as with everything) is all wrong. They think Congress can well-regulate the militia into oblivion, presuming to misuse the clause to regulate away any right of actual citizens to have firearms with the ultimate goal of a militia that can’t be militant. That violates the longstanding principle that you do not interpret Constitutional provisions in such a way as to negate them, but liberals hate the Bill of Rights so what do you expect?

Just for fun, let’s assume Congress can regulate the militia instead of the individual states outside of the situations set forth in Article 1, section 8, clause 15 (“To provide for the calling of the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions."). If so, then Congress has already clearly chosen to regulate the militia by not really regulating it much at all. It has left it to us citizens to prepare ourselves for armed service, primarily by privately owning guns. And many of us are doing our duty, but tragically, there are millions of Americans who lack the effective modern weapons they need. This must change.

You see, that militia reference, when read as the liberals wish to read it, means Congress can regulate the militia to be more than it is now. You libs are always talking about the militia, so fine. Let’s make the militia a thing again.

First, we need to start by re-well-regulating the militia’s exact composition. United States Code Title 10, § 246 defines the “militia” as follows: “The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.” Clearly, this definition is far too restrictive for 2019, as well as sexist and cis-normative. The modern militia should consist of all healthy, law-abiding American citizens (and those intending to become American citizens) between 17 and, say, 65. After all, back in the olden days, if you made it to 35 you were pretty crusty, practically Joe Biden-like. 

Everybody. Basically, if you aren’t nuts, incapacitated, a crook or as old as a leading Democrat candidate, you’re in the militia. And that’s good, because a republic requires participation. For too long, we’ve outsourced the vital duties of individual citizens to our great first responders and organized military. No more. Time to step up, people.

You’re in the Army now, sort of. We all are.

Now, the militia is not the National Guard, which I’m a bit familiar with after serving in it for 23 years. People who know nothing often claim it is, but that’s silly. Review 10 USC § 246 above. The combined Army and Air Force Guard membership in 2019 is about 442,000 personnel. That’s about .001% of the ~329,000,000 million Americans, not even close to even the limited Section 246 membership. Moreover, the Guard is an organized reserve component of the United States that operates under state control except when mobilized – as an officer, I held both a federal commission and a state commission from California. My uniform read “U.S. ARMY.” I had the same training as active officer – in fact, like most of us, I spent years on active duty. We had guns (the same as the active Army’s) locked away in centralized locations. To join, you had to meet active Army or Air Force standards. It’s an awesome and vital force, but it is not a militia.

The idea of the militia is that it includes (almost) everybody, but everybody can’t join the military – only a fraction of our citizens can. The militia is different. It is about all of us doing our part personally for our nation, like answering a jury summons or paying taxes. Hey citizens, time to do your duty. Time to get well-regulated. And that starts with owning a weapon.

What kind of weapon? Well, the requirement for every citizen should be a firearm suited to combat – an actual assault rifle. The M16/M4 is the classic American military weapon, and every member of the militia should have one or an appropriate analogue. If you want to go with a 7.62 mm battle rifle instead of a 5.56 mm, that’s your prerogative. As a member of the modern militia, you’ll need to provide your own kit, and Kit Item No. 1 is some kind of rifle. You need to be able to defend yourself, your family, your community and your Constitution, whether with an AR, AK, FAL, SIG, HK or some other high-velocity acronym.

Oh, you need to have a pistol too. Supplementary shotguns are optional but encouraged.

Training? We won’t need a huge amount, other than requiring citizens to maintain proficiency on their firearms. Every citizen can show up for a month at 18 years old and take a break from dope smoking and their crappy Taylor Swift music to learn some basics, including safe weapons-handling procedures. Also, it would be a good time to do some basic lifesaving first aid training – stop the bleeding, treating shock, CPR. That’s not just vital for when the lead flies– what if you come on a car wreck and a fellow citizen has face-dived through the windshield and is spurting from an artery? What do you do? Oh yeah, my militia training!

If it saves one life, right?

Once initial training is done, then citizens can be assigned to local militia units with an annual muster. Everyone gathers with their basic equipment, updates contact info, touches base with the leadership, and then goes home after a BBQ to regular life until being called up. Don’t think they could never be called up either – I spent three weeks with the Army on the streets of Los Angeles during the 1992 riots and another week after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. LA is shaking as we speak; we citizens need to be ready. How long is there going to be nonsense going down if everyone on the street is carrying a rifle? Not long.

It’s not too much to ask citizens to take personal responsibility for their own country, and the ultimate responsibility is to defend it. That’s why the Second Amendment’s militia reference, taken seriously, means not stripping Americans of their ability to defend their freedom but enhancing it.

After all, for the security of a free state, it’s necessary that every healthy, law-abiding American citizen owns a real combat rifle and is ready to deploy on a moment’s notice to protect our people and our Constitution.

The Second Amendment prevents the kind of nightmarish leftist hellscape that I describe in my action-packed yet highly amusing novels about the United States’ split into red and blue countries, People's Republic, Indian Country and Wildfire. Hated by liberals and hailed by the sad Loser Boat crew from the failed Weekly Standard as “Appalling,” your right to be entertained shall not be infringed!


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: banglist; kurtschlichter; militia; schlichter; secondamendment
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1 posted on 07/11/2019 2:56:23 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Kurt is just awesome.


2 posted on 07/11/2019 3:01:49 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Kaslin

“A well regulated Library, being necessary to the education of a free State, the right of the people to keep and read Books, shall not be infringed.”


3 posted on 07/11/2019 3:03:45 AM PDT by yuleeyahoo (The nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one. Hamilton)
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To: FreedomPoster

He is awesome. His twitter feed gets to be a little too much sometimes, but he’s always informative. You can tell when he’s hitting the booze and tweeting, though. Haha.


4 posted on 07/11/2019 3:16:12 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Kaslin

I heard him on the radio a while back. I like him. It’s ironic that after the shaking stopped after the Northridge quake I went back into my wrecked house to get my semi automatic rifle that I got right after the 92 riots. Civil unrest and looting is scarier than anything. A rifle and a bible calms the nerves.


5 posted on 07/11/2019 3:31:51 AM PDT by HighSierra5
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To: Kaslin

Yes, this is what the country needs - former member of the Texas State Guard here

NOT the national Guard, but the state military department, and we would back up the active duty, reserve and national guard units when needed. My unit supported a fighter wing at Lackland AFB and was very active during Hurricane Harvey.

Moved away to OK, where they don’t have such a state guard (only 21 states still have an active militia like this) I miss it a lot

If you live in Texas, look into it - Gov Abbott wants to double the number so as to better react to diaasters.


6 posted on 07/11/2019 3:54:24 AM PDT by ellipsis (I often look at others and ask to my self - why did they stop to think and never start again?)
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To: Kaslin

My only point of disagreement is on the upper age limit the author uses in defining “militia”. I did’t become a sheeple just because I turned 65. I will also point out that with age comes greater understanding in the many ways of converting experience into ability.


7 posted on 07/11/2019 3:57:27 AM PDT by Pecos (My rights as an individual are not subject to a public vote.)
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To: Pecos

There should be no limit except your own ability to pick up and shoot.


8 posted on 07/11/2019 4:03:23 AM PDT by HighSierra5
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To: Kaslin
Seem like I read somewhere that the term "regulated" in those days was used to reference practice, or familiarity with what is needed for the task.
But latin for "rule" is "regula". I'm a bit cornfused by this.

But either way, Swalwell and his cohorts can kiss my grits. d;^)

9 posted on 07/11/2019 4:04:41 AM PDT by CopperTop (Outside the wire it's just us chickens. Dig?)
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To: Kaslin

Even this article (which is pretty good) misses an important definition. “Regulated” also means “drilled” as in musketry. Loading, ramming, aiming and so forth. The whole manual of arms plus marching evolutions. The point is that the founders were practical men and they saw the militia as being a basic need of a local community — not the plaything of the federal or state government.


10 posted on 07/11/2019 4:05:05 AM PDT by Tallguy (Facts be d@mned! The narrative must be protected at all costs!)
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To: Kaslin

I’ve been arguing this for years.

There would be benefits in time of emergency as the militia could be “Called up” to patrol streets after a hurricane for example.

It takes the wind from the lie-beral sails


11 posted on 07/11/2019 4:10:33 AM PDT by Fai Mao (There is no rule of law in the US until The PIAPS is executed.)
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To: Kaslin

I see that Kurt has, like the Left, fallen into the fallacy that “well-regulated” means “subject to bureaucratic rules”, instead of its original meaning of “properly trained and equipped”.


12 posted on 07/11/2019 4:15:40 AM PDT by Little Pig
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To: Kaslin
We don't have to call their bluff on anything. The Supreme Court already “called their bluff” in their DC v. Heller ruling where they stated the “militia clause” was legally non-operative and served an explanatory purpose only. Or to put it another way, if there was a constitutional amendment that stated “Ice cream, being necessary for a fat and happy public, the right to free ice cream on Tuesday shall not be infringed”. The only portion of the amendment that would be legally relevant would be “The right to free ice cream on Tuesday shall not be infringed.” The first part “Ice cream, being necessary for a fat and happy public...” would only serve an explanatory function to define why the functional part of the amendment was necessary.
13 posted on 07/11/2019 4:30:56 AM PDT by apillar
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To: CopperTop

Latin teacher here and I can explain. Rule here means the standard expected by regular troops. The problem with militia is that they show up poorly equipped with antique and sub standard weapons. See the use of standard there? Like the “regulars” the militia needs modern weapons. So “we’ll regulated” means we’ll equipped.


14 posted on 07/11/2019 4:34:51 AM PDT by BDParrish (One representative for every 30,000 persons!)
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To: Fai Mao

This state’s got one’ http://www.missourimilitia.com


15 posted on 07/11/2019 4:35:24 AM PDT by Pollard (If you don't understand what I typed, you haven't read the classics.)
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To: Little Pig
That is your opinion to which you are entitled to. But you are 100 percent wrong
16 posted on 07/11/2019 4:41:05 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Pecos

Agree, older veterans/retired veterans bring a wealth of skills and knowledge, if they are unable to be trigger pullers they could assist in supporting roles.


17 posted on 07/11/2019 4:50:42 AM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: Kaslin

Wrong in what way? Are you saying that “well-regulated” *does* mean “subject to bureaucratic rules”? Or do you mean that I’m wrong about Kurt? Or something else?


18 posted on 07/11/2019 4:56:31 AM PDT by Little Pig
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To: Kaslin

I’m In.


19 posted on 07/11/2019 5:09:32 AM PDT by Big Red Badger (Despised by the Despicable!)
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To: Kaslin

This is the simplest, most definitive explanation of the second amendment that can be found.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx23c84obwQ


20 posted on 07/11/2019 5:32:50 AM PDT by suthener
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