Brown Doesn't Understand Concept Of Militia

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Editor:

Stan Brown puts his biased emotional agenda way ahead of actual history.

The Second Amendment, ratified in 1791, does indeed have as its first clause: "A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State."

Any historian with a rudimentary knowledge of American history knows that the "militia" at the time of the ratification of the Bill of Rights was all the people -- not the National Guard -- which wasn't founded until 1903.

The Founders quotes re the Second Amendment contradict Mr. Brown's revisionist history: "I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials." -- George Mason, in Debates in Virginia Convention on Ratification of the Constitution, Elliot, Vol. 3, June 16, 1788. Mason also stated: "To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them" and "That the people have a Right to mass and to bear arms; 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."

"The militia, when property formed, are in fact the people themselves ... all men capable of bearing arms ...." -- Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic, 1788 -- either Richard Henry Lee or Melancton Smith.

"Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress shall have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American ... The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the People." -- Trench Coxe, 1788.

" ... When we are alone, we are all militias of one. When together with others in a situation requiring a defensive response, we have the duty to act together in concert to meet the challenge. Those two component duties, of individuals to defend the community, and to act together in concert with others present, when combined with a third component duty to prepare to do one's duty and not just wait until the danger is clear and present, comprises the militia duty." (http://www.constitution.org/mil/cs_milit.htm)

Even 10 USC Sect. 311, current federal law defining the militia, contradicts "historian" Brown:

(a) 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.

(b) The classes of the militia are -- (1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and (2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

Edna Weatherby

Payson

Editor's note: This letter was cut to fit within the Roundup's 400-word policy.

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