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A Well Regulated Militia...
(11/30/06)


Another response to A Well Regulated Militia...:

I read your comments wrt the intent of the 2nd amendment located here: A Well Regulated Militia... with interest.

I love founding father quotes. So here's another one for you...

"That the People have a right to keep and bear Arms; that a well regulated Militia, composed of the Body of the People, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe Defence of a free state..." óGeorge Mason, declaration of "the essential and unalienable Rights of the People," later adopted by the Virginia ratification convention, 1788

By the way, Title 10, USC, Section 311:

"all able bodied males between the ages of 17 and 45 not serving in the armed forces or state national guard units are considered the unorganized militia, as well as all commissioned female officers of state national guard units."

Sounds "Well regulated" to me. It also makes it very clear who the armed militia is...don't it?

It's us. And yes, that includes you too.

Bill, board admin, www.a-10.org and board co-founder at www.worldaffairsboard.com

Rob's reply
>> "That the People have a right to keep and bear Arms; that a well regulated Militia, composed of the Body of the People, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe Defence of a free state..." <<

Sounds like a restatement of the 2nd Amendment to me. Note that Martin confirms the role of regulation.

>> "all able bodied males between the ages of 17 and 45 not serving in the armed forces or state national guard units are considered the unorganized militia, as well as all commissioned female officers of state national guard units."

Sounds "Well regulated" to me. <<

Sounds like a definition of "militia" that doesn't address the question of regulation to me.

>> It also makes it very clear who the armed militia is...don't it? <<

So you'd have no problem with taking guns away from people age 46 and up? Why not, if you consider this definition definitive?

Luckily, I don't rely on court rulings that have defined "militia" as "state militia." However you define "militia," both the 2nd Amendment and George Mason allow for the regulation of arms as well as the right to bear arms. Case closed.

Rob


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