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"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" - 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Many have wondered the exact and specific meaning of the term "militia", with regards to the 2nd Amendment. This is a rather simple question, that actual requires a rather complex answer. There are 3 major DEFINERS of what exactly makes up the "Militia" of the land, and these are, the founding fathers, the Congress, and the Supreme Court.

1. Founding Fathers

George Mason: "I ask, who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people..."

Virginia Constitution, Art. I, Sec. 13 (1776): "That a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free State; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided, as dangerous to liberty...."

Richard Henry Lee: "To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them .... The mind that aims at a select militia [like the National Guard], must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle."

2. U.S. Congress

The Militia Act of 1792. One year after the Second Amendment was added to the Constitution, Congress passed a law defining the militia. The Militia Act of 1792 declared that all free male citizens between the ages of 18 and 44 were to be members of the militia. Furthermore, every citizen was to be armed. The Act stated:

"Every citizen... [shall] provide himself with a good musket, or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints...."

The Militia Act of 1792 made no provision for any type of select militia such as the National Guard.

U.S. Senate Subcommittee Report (1982). "In the Militia Act of 1792, the second Congress defined 'militia of the United States' to include almost every free adult male in the United States. These persons were obligated by law to possess a [military-style] firearm and a minimum supply of ammunition and military equipment.... There can be little doubt from this that when the Congress and the people spoke of the a 'militia,' they had reference to the traditional concept of the entire populace capable of bearing arms, and not to any formal group such as what is today called the National Guard."

Current Federal Law: 10 U.S.C. Sec. 311. "The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and... under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States...."

3. Supreme Court: U.S. v. Miller (1939). In this case, the Court stated that, "The Militia comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense... [and that] when called for service, these men were expected to appear bearing arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use at the time."

A precedent has been set all throughout the history of the United States that the Militia is quite plainly, THE PEOPLE. THE PEOPLE, THE CITIZENS, have and always will have the right to keep and bear arms, as long as the constitution is the absolute law and guiding force of the government of the United States of America.

The Militia are the people, this is inarguable, and cannot be changed. The rights of the people, and their right of self-defense cannot be debated, and if it is ever threatened, is not only a threat to the constitutional foundation of America, but those who have sworn to protect it. Those who threaten the 2nd Amendment, and the peoples right to self-defense are traitors to this country, and its foundations, and should be dealt with accordingly.

Many have made the claim that America needs to restrict more controls on its guns because it allows criminals to get guns, this argument

sounds nice until you apply logic. It is a proven fact that criminals rarely if ever use legally obtained firearms. Restrictions on guns only make it harder for the people to defend themselves from the brutal tyranny of other people who do not respect the sanctity of human life. This is once again backed up with the facts, Switzerland has absolutely no gun crime and every able bodied citizen with no criminal background and no history of mental instability, is given for free an M-16 fully automatic battle rifle and trained how to us it. Switzerland has the highest gun ownership ratio of any country, yet the LEAST gun crime, coincidence? Israel has a similar system, with every citizen being trained to use guns, and being given free access to a plethora of guns, yet there is no interpersonal gun crime among the people at all, only terrorists (who are often stopped by the armed populace) are the ones who threatens Israel's stability.

While Gun-Free countries such as Britain

and Australia have seen triple digits increases in the amount of violent crime, including armed robbery and home invasion, since they know that no one is armed any longer.

The only country that seems exempt from this is Japan. It has no guns, but also very little gun crime, but the Anti-Gun crowd often ignores the fact that Japan has more unarmed assaults, and nearly twice the rapes that America has, not to mention that Japans extensive and draconian police force is quite adept at keeping order, and has unlimited power to do so.

The argument

for more restrictions and unrealistic control on the PEOPLES right to keep and bear arms, is as emotional and non-sensical as it was when it was first invented. The world history of Gun Control is long, bloody, and strewed with the millions of victims of oppressive governments pushing their will on a disarmed peoples, with disastrous consequences, and this is the SHORT list.

The History of Gun Control:

1911 Turkey establishes gun control.

1915-1917 1.5 Million Armenians, unable to defend themselves,



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