Koreantoast, Militia was the first word so it was properly capitalized, but these are really lower case militia. Perhaps, even better labeled as wannabe war lords.
Far too many of us have forgotten the intent and history of the term militia in the constitution. The intent of the 2nd amendment and Militia was driven by peoples fear of a weak federal government that could not protect them from insurrections because of the scare from Shay's rebellion. In the case of Shay's the post revolution federal continental government refused to open the federal armories so that the sate Militias could respond to an upstate New England insurrection. The armories were filled with weapons from the revolution that were paid for by the "national" government, but often ended up in the hands of the local units at the close of hostilities so not having access to what the local's saw as their arms was a sore point. At any rate, the anemic response of the national government tightened many such as Hamilton and Madison and was one of the motivators of the constitutional convention. You can see the car intent of the writers of the second amendment and militia clause in the Federalist Papers
, especially #29
. Hamilton does go on a fair bit on the importance of federal control of the Militia, that it be well regulated and by well regulated he means well trained and under tight federal control to prevent war between the states. Chaos from a weak central government was a big concern in the nascent US - the thought of federal tyranny would have seemed laughable at the time. There has been massive revisionist history of the early republic to fit modern agendas.
If you want to see the first application of the Militia and 2nd amendment read about the Whiskey Rebellion
. When some local hot heads ruffed up a federal official and take over his office, George Washington federalized 13,000 members of the state militia
and using the leverage of the 2nd amendment forced the states to open their armories to equip the force. Washington lead the force, the only President to lead an army into battle, and rounded up the remaining 20 hot heads where were too dumb to go home when he arrived. By the way, even though Washington praised the militia publicly, he complained bitterly in private letters to members of congress that they were useless and undisciplined rabble.
Interestingly for recent event, Article IV, Section 4 speaks to the fact that the federal government had no choice, but to act as: "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence."
And the Oregon Governor did call for federal action.
So, take home lesson:
US Militia == federally run arm of internal repression,
2nd amendment == state's rights to store arms for the feds under the rules the feds make.
Federal government must suppression rebellion.