What is a militia?
During the Federal governments oppression against the Nevada cattle rancher, Cliven Bundy, we heard the term “Militia” used often.
This term has been used for over 400 years to describe militaries not sanctioned or funded by the government. This doesn’t mean they are illegal. In fact, they are very legal in the US. (See Wiki)
“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves … and include all men capable of bearing arms.” Senator Richard Henry Lee, 1788, on “militia” in the 2nd Amendment
The “unorganized” or reserve militia is a legal and lawful part of the armed forces of this nation. It is a military organization recognized by the Second Amendment of the Constitution; Title 10 Section 311 USC; The Dick Act of 1903; The National Defense Act of 1916; and affirmed by numerous court decisions.
“Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.” — John F. Kennedy
What a militia is NOT:
There is no ambiguity; the “unorganized” citizens militia is not:
- the National Guard
- the state “select” militia under the governor
- part of the “organized” armed forces of the federal government.
It is literally the entire body of the armed citizenry.
Also, it is NOT a white supremacy group, anti-government, nor anarchist. Its the complete opposite of all of these. The liberal, anti-gun fanatics unfairly and untruthful call it these various names to stir up hate and discontent against these groups.
These private citizens militias did recently support a group of US citizens in Nevada recently (April 2014) against a tyrannical government. A Federal agency, the BLM, unlawful drew their weapons, attacked American citizens, and literally had snipers aiming their weapons at men, women, and children who were trying to stand up for their rights. Various militias came to the Nevada rancher’s rescue bringing over 5,000 militia men. The 200 BLM armed agents left quickly. (See related stories)
Can I join a militia? Sure!
Most states have a state organized militia that you can join. Sometimes called the State Guard and falls under the state’s National Guard. Its usually a one day a month commitment. However, there are some rogue militias of extremists. So do your homework before you join.
This is how the militia is LEGALLY designed to respond and act.
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” -Thomas Jefferson
Although the “unorganized” militia can be called up for lawful (Constitutional) purposes, it is not under the direct control of any state or political jurisdiction. It represents the authority and power of the people over the government and stands as the last defense of the citizens of this country against any domestic tyrants.
Purposes and Authority of the Militia:
The purpose of the militia as defined by the Constitution is to:
- Enforce the laws of the Union (The Constitution)
- Suppress insurrections
- Repel invasions foreign or domestic
These provisions affirm the right of the people to defend themselves and their republican form of government from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. That means that the people, as the militia, have the right to fight, if necessary, an oppressive government to prevent the usurpation of the Constitution (the supreme law of the land) by anyone, including the federal government.
The authority, duty, and obligation of the citizens, acting as the militia, is clearly expressed in our Declaration of Independence: “That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it…, ” further “… it is the right, it is their duty, to throw off such government,…” Together these provisions codify the natural rights of all citizens to defense of self, family, and country. (Read for yourself – see: Declaration of Independence)
Founding Fathers and Early US Leaders:
We have forgotten.
We have forgotten our roots.
We have forgotten 9/11.
We have forgotten WWII, the Jews, and the German atrocities.
We have forgotten the reason the US was formed.
The reason we have the Freedom of Speech and the Right to Bear Arms as the FIRST and the SECOND amendments to the US Constitutions is because they were very important back then…as they are today. Our Founding Father were oppressed by the King of England, a tyrannical government enslaving them. That’s why our Constitution was worded and organized the way it is…to insure we don’t become like England in those days.
Our Found Fathers and countrymen had arms to defend themselves. And they did. This is why the US exists today…because we had arms and the ability to defend ourselves.
In the words of our Founding Fathers and earlier leaders…to remind us of why we have militias and armed citizens:
“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good” — George Washington
“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it.” — Abraham Lincoln, 4 April 1861
“Men trained in arms from their infancy, and animated by the love of liberty, will afford neither a cheap or easy conquest.” — From the Declaration of the Continental Congress, July 1775.
“To disarm the people… was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” — George Mason, speech of June 14, 1788
“Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.” — Mahatma Gandhi