Did the title of this blog post get a rise out of you? Positively or negatively?
Back in the day, I considered myself to be a militia member. Not a weekend-warrior-white-supremacist-bomb-thrower, but a reasonably healthy, disabled American male, between 17 and 45 years of age (per statute), charged with defense of my Country, should the need arise.
All this interest came about when President Clinton succeeded in forcing through a so-called Assault Weapons Ban over a Thanksgiving weekend, and I saw my natural rights being usurped, yet again. I’d a few handguns and a shotgun. As I owned no ‘forbidden’ rifles, like-minded friends gifted me an MAK-90 (a Korean semi AK clone) with a ‘legal’ thumb-hole stock. I promptly went into hock purchasing a few 30 round magazines at inflated prices (due to the impending legislation). And purchased standard (AK) furniture for her! We even called ourselves (with tongues firmly in our cheeks) The N******** Militia (based on where they lived). Our spiritual member claimed she was Buddhist, so we gave her a Buddhist chaplain military uniform insignia – I had no idea there even was such a thing. 🙂
And we joked about getting one of those plastic magnetic door signs for our Isuzu Troopers, to read ANFO Distributing. We were young and foolish, and this was prior to the Oklahoma City bombing.
And we went out to the desert, and shot, and collected firearms, and had fun, and wrote our legislators about our concerns, and even protested further gun controls on the Arizona Capitol grounds!
But between Waco and Oklahoma City, the mainstream media had successfully changed the public perception of ‘the militia’ from one of simple ignorance to one of derision and hate. The Southern Poverty Law Center (a leftist propaganda group – you’ll note I didn’t provide a link!) was largely responsible for this shift. And, of course, the handfuls of armed idiots in cammie pjs who ran around making bad names for the vast majority rest of us.
And we stopped joking about being in “the militia”. We still were; we just stopped talking about it. Didn’t want to get swept up in some ATF dragnet of legal gun owners looking for shotguns cut 1/2 inch too short! (see Randy Weaver)
Now, of course, I can’t afford to shoot much, and am even more disabled, so there’s less going to the desert. My combat boots have been replaced with orthopedic shoes with Velcro closures. And standing in front of the State Capitol is generally too painful.
American Mercenary brought this all back to me with a recent post entitled,
in a reaction to LTC Bateman’s recent comments regarding gun control and the military.
…Without going into the various revisions of “what is the militia” and everything that we learned from the Civil War and Indian Wars I’ll skip forward to 1903. This redesigned the “militia” to create the “organized militia” in the form of the National Guard, and the “reserve militia” which is every able bodied man from 18 to 45 years of age. LTC Bateman’s insistence that the militia is solely the National Guard is patently false simply by the legalities of how we define the militia in law.
I may be over 45 years, and disabled (less able bodied?), and I can still shoot. But…
…The Governors of those states are currently within their authority to call forth the militia to augment local law enforcement and confiscate those evil assault rifles.
And that is why the legal fight over who is the militia, and who isn’t, matters.
I guess, for once, I’m glad I’m no longer under 45!