>"Militia" means part-time military. In the old days, a "draft" would be
>issued by appropriate authority to fund a certain number of men for a
>certain time and / or task. Every town had a militia officer, often the
>mayor, who was to be given the draft and who would then call those men
>he felt were needed, up to the number which the draft would pay. It was
>purely voluntary (the "compelled draft" was first issued in this country
>during the Civil War).
Precisely. Now the question is, how many people who cite the 2nd amendment and
say they hold steadfastly to it would agree to the first half of the statement
under those conditions, and be willing to voluntarily serve in a militia?
Darned few, I would suggest.
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