A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,...
This portion of the amendment seems always to be forgotten when the Learned Justices consider gun control laws — even the watered-down pap that gets passed by the NRA-fearing politicians in Washington and all the state capitols and municipal governments. The only portion of the amendment that seems to arise in court cases brought by NRA minions is the last half:
...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Here's something that could probably pass muster in the courts, one that could probably be done by the President without congressional approval, and one that would certainly bring armed America under control.
Consider what could be if the US Department of Defense and Worldwide Domination, which currently has four branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps) added a fifth branch: Militia, and populated it with every firearms-owning individual in the country, along with their beloved firearms, through the Selective Service System (also called the Draft).
The Militia would certainly be well-regulated, as are the other branches. And its firearms security and control measures seem to be adequate: We rarely hear of an active-duty Marine emptying his H&K MP5 submachine gun into an elementary school classroom or an Air Force F-18 pilot strafing a shopping mall (at least not in the US of A!).
Of course the new draftees would require basic and refresher training, and would be subject to military law, and would also be available and subject to deployment to areas of the world in need of cannon fodder and firepower.
This idea has mind-boggling potential to solve the gun control issue and to dramatically increase our presence of force beyond the paltry 169 nations of the world in which we have a permanent military presence. It would also get the crazies off the streets and onto reservations, say, one in the Louisiana swamps, another in Death Valley, California, and one more on one of the outlying Aleutian Islands of Alaska. Think of the possibilities!
If anyone thinks this is something worth considering, please visit http://wh.gov/ivsdS and sign the petition.
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