Letter: How do I go about joining well-regulated militia ... and buy a musket?


The news in the past month has been about the 2nd Amendment rights.

I don’t know how many people read the Constitution of the United States and the amendments, so I will quote the 2nd Amendment” “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

I don’t know where this militia is located or how I can join, so I can bear arms to protect a free state. I believe when this amendment was written, the arms of choice were muskets.

Jim Whitewolf



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lostone1413 3 days, 23 hours ago

If you knew the Constitution and the BOR you'd know that the Militia is all the people Maybe you need to read more and maybe learn about the subject you write about


Pfalbo 3 days, 3 hours ago

Since right-wingnuts profess undying loyalty to what they-- and they alone-- absolutely know the Founding Fathers intended when writing the Constitution, perhaps a 1776 definition of "militia," is germane?

It might help you learn about the subject, some. Nah.

"Militia: a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency. b : a body of citizens organized for military service. 2 : the whole body of able-bodied male citizens declared by law as being subject to call to military service."

What is it in the 2nd Amendment wording that you misinterpret to mean the supposed 'genius' Founding Fathers intended an absolute right exists for general ownership of weapons for mass murder of American civilians?

Muskets were the high tech weapon of the day, by the way.

And, I imagine, most of those demanding absolute right to carry AR-15s, etc. have actively avoided Military Service when they had the chance.


IzzatSo 3 days, 3 hours ago

I disagree with Iostone; the militia referred to in the 2nd amendment is not now, and never was 'all the people'. Even in the late 1700's, not 'all the people' had the right to bear arms - slaves were forbidden to possess guns. The closest organization today that fits the intended description would be the National Guard. While our government is doing its best to ensure 'all the people' in the US are 'well-regulated', the vast majority of regulations we bear today have very little to do with the security of the free state. For example, how do speed limits (a regulation on drivers) have anything to do with security? Maybe Iostone should take his own advice.


dcmaccabees 3 days, 2 hours ago

If I were so dramatically and epically uninformed on a subject as Mr. Whitewolf evidently is about both American history and the United States Constitution, I would choose not to advertise that fact in print. May I suggest a quick read of "U.S. Constitution for Dummies"? (https://www.amazon.com/U-S-Constitution-Dummies-Arnheim/dp/0764587803)


IzzatSo 3 days ago

May I recomment an excellent resource as well?

Sheldon Richman - America's Counter-Revolution, The Constitution Revisited. $8.00 at Amazon. Well worth the price.

Learn about the Articles of Confederation, which were America's first constitution, and America's first President, John Hanson of Maryland. Read of the heated debates around writing of the second constitution (the one we have today) in particular the section about the Bill of Rights. The history of the United States under the Articles of Confederation (1781-89) is seldom taught and little known but it it quite instructive to see how today's constitution evolved from the Articles.


Pfalbo 2 days, 21 hours ago

Mr. maccabees, it is fascinating where some information-challenged individuals turn to for reference material, isn't it?

I have always heard the "___ for Dummies" series are the ultimate bibliographical source(s) for the serious students.

Would you be so kind to describe what Mr. Whitewolf wrote that was so "dramatically and epically" uninformed?

(Although many would say it is obvious once one read your thorough, erudite prose recounting both American History and the etiology of the writing and ratification of the Constitution and later, the 2nd Amendment).

Also, do you suggest muskets were not the weapon of choice back in the 1780s?