Militias

A militia is a civilian military force that raises to supplement the official military in defense of homeland, or to stand against them in a state of rebellion.

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What is a militia?

a volunteer military force

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Can active duty military members join a militia?

While you are on active military duty, you CANNOT join a militia unit

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Which if any founding father said 'the 2nd amendment should apply only to a well regulated militia and not the general populace'?

None. Furthermore, according to the militia laws of the day, the militia consisted of the entire military age male population and men were often responsiblw for supplying their own weapons so the quote doesn't even make sense in its historical context. Michael Montagne

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Which if any of the founding fathers said that the Second Amendment should apply only to the militia and not the general populace?

None of them said that. All able-bodied males between 18 and 45 were the militia and expected to have suitable arms ready for use. If we still followed the intent of the Founding Fathers in the Second Amendment, there would be tanks, mortars and fighter planes in your neighbors' driveways ready to respond when the militia was called to arms.

The Second Amendment allowed for state militias on the cheep, by using citizens arms. It also was a counter balance to the power of the federal government. But the Second Amendment has been an anachronism for over 150 years. State Militias , now known as the National Guard, issue arms to its members. In addition, the most significant arms in the modern military include fighter jets, misiles, artillery, heavy weapons and such, not the kind of things most parents want floating around the neighbor. To allow anyone to own such arms by right is completely uncivilized and not the kind of world most sane people would want to raise a family in.

The previous answer about the militia is obviously made from an emotional standpoint and is nothing more than opinion.

The Federal Statute regarding militias can be found in US Code Title 10, Section 311, or 10USC311http://straylight.law.cornell.edu/uscode/HTML/uscode10/usc_sec_10_00000311----000-.HTML

TITLE 10 > Subtitle A > PART I > CHAPTER 13 > � 311� 311. Militia: composition and classes(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.(b) The classes of the militia are�(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

There are two classes of militia, organized (the National Guard) and unorganized (able bodied males).

The core of the issue goes back to the original question and the answer is none of the Founding Fathers intended the Second Amendment to apply only to a 'militia' or for firearms to be exclusively used for military purposes. They intended the 'people' to me armed for self defense. Those 'people' mentioned in the Second Amendment are the same 'people' mentioned in the:

Preamble of the U.S. Constitution: 'We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.'First Amendment, '...right of the people peaceably to assemble...'Fourth Amendment, 'The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures...'Ninth Amendment, 'The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.'Tenth Amendment, 'The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.'

To claim that the Founding Fathers meant individual citizens of the U.S. in every part of the U.S. Constitution where the word 'people' is used EXCEPT in the Second Amendment where it is suppose to mean a group organized by the federal government is beyond comprehension and shows a complete and utter lack of understanding of the Constitution and of the principles that the country was founded on.

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What are the sticks called that people in the militia used during the colonial times that pushed cannon balls into cannons?

Ramrods

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Did the Virginia Militia receive the same postwar benefits from the Government Continental Soldiers?

yes

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Where the Minute Men and the Virginia Militia one in the same?

The Minutemen in Virginia were volunteers called forth from the Virginia militia. They trained more often then the regular militia to enhance unit cohesion and effectiveness to mass firepower as was the standard tactic of 18th century warfare. The Minutemen were merely better trained than the regular militia. In Virginia the militia and the Minutemen were required at all times to be armed and ready to immediately repel invasions and insurrections. The Minutemen were actually a reconstituted form of the Independent Companies started by George Mason and came into existence after the Independent companies were under the central control of the Virginia Committee of Safety. The state of Virginia was divided into 16 military districts and the minutemen were formed. They only lasted one year from July 1775 to October 1776 as the severe military manpower shortage in the Continental line drew down the available men required to constitute the companies. They were then folded back into the regular militia. George Mason Jr. was a member of the Minutemen. For actual Acts of the Colony of Virginia creating the Minutemen see http://www.virginia1774.org/MilitiaActs.html Rudolph DiGiacinto Founder &c. Virginia1774.org

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What militia groups who could be ready to fight for their colony at only a minute's notice?

timber

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Which of the Founding Fathers said 'the 2nd Amendment should only apply to a well regulated militia and not the general populace'?

For the third time, none of them. The statement doesn't even make sense in the context of the times because at that time the militia was defined to be the entire military age male population. Thus it was indistinguishable from the general populace. Militiamen were often required to provide their own weapons. In the congressional debates over the wording of the amendment the arguments were not over who should be excluded from having the right to bear arms, but whether anybody, such as doctors and ministers, should be excused from being compelled to bear arms. Michael Montagne

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What type of people joined the militia group?

It would be the people who don't like the continental army.Mostly farmers would join the militia.

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How did the colonial militia differ from the modern us Army?

Colonail milita trained for moth; modern slodiers are hardly trained at all

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Which if any of the founding fathers said that the 2nd amendment should apply only to a well regulated militia and not the general populace?

Kyle, None of them. In the 18th century the militia was understood to consist of all military aged men in a community. In the debates during the first congress over the second amendment, the question was not one of who would be permitted to keep arms, but rather who might be excused from being *compelled* to bear arms. It was thought that language might be included that would excuse doctors or ministers from having to bear arms in the militia. It was finally decided to leave such matters to the states. The second amendment was intended to protect the right of the people to form a militia, but it was understood that everyone was expected to be in the militia and they were very often expected to provide their own weapons. Thus it in no way restricted anyone's right to keep arms. Thus the sentiment you cite would never have been expressed. That is a modern thought based on an ignorance of what the militia was and a desire to strip people of a constitutional right.Michael Montagne

No one will be able to give you the exact quote because none of the founding fathers said any such thing. In fact, they sincerely believed that ALL citizens should be armed and this right would prevent any government from becoming oppressive.

Since this amendment has been the subject of much discussion over many years, it might actually be helpful to understand a little about its origins ...

The reader of our current Constitution would also have been fairly knowledgeable about the contents of our "Articles of Confederation" that pre-dated the Constitution. In Article VI, para 4, you will find the following:

"No vessel of war shall be kept up in time of peace by any State, except such number only, as shall be deemed necessary by the United States in Congress assembled, for the defense of such State, or its trade; nor shall any body of forces be kept up by any State in time of peace, except such number only, as in the judgment of the United States in Congress assembled, shall be deemed requisite to garrison the forts necessary for the defense of such State; but every State shall always keep up a well-regulated and disciplined militia, sufficiently armed and accoutered, and shall provide and constantly have ready for use, in public stores, a due number of filed pieces and tents, and a proper quantity of arms, ammunition and camp equipage."

In other words, the Articles clearly expected that although the States would not maintain standing armies of their own, they were obligated to maintain their own militias. When the Constitution was written, there was little controversy about the issue of state militias, since it was already assumed they understood that fundamental relationship to the Central Government.

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What Georgian led the rebel militia gang at the Battle of Kettle Creek?

The force was led by Colonel Andrew Pickens of South Carolina. Colonel John Dooly and Lieutenant Colonel Elijah Clarke of Georgia were members of the force.

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How did the Militia Act affect African Americans during the Civil War?

Go 2 google and google it.

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What group of people did the militia act of 1775 affect?

All fee male persons

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What do you call a group of civilians trained to fight in an emergency?

A group of civilians trained to fight in emergencies are known as militias or reserves.

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How do you become idle on mini militia?

Top

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Who is the commander of the Poolesville Militia?

The Poolesville Militia is currently commanded by Daniel Kator, formerly Colonel but now Commander of the Militia because of a reorginization of the militia rank structure. www.pvillemilitia.bravehost.com will give you more information about the Poolesville Militia.

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How was the militia different from the regular army?

The militia were not (and are not) full time soldiers. In the US, they originated as locally or state organised forces, and continue to serve a state level role, although the Militia Act of 1903 and the Total Force Policy of 1974 effectively make them federal reservists first and foremost.

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What is the value of a 30-30 Winchester Model 94 serial 133xxxx that was used by the Canadian army militia with its original sling?

Value is figured by condition,markings,and history of the gun.(How do you know it was used by the militia?)etc.

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Which side had a militia in the Revolutionary War?

There were several American militias from different "states". They all reported to Washington, ultimately, though.

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What was the militia in 16th century UK and USA?

trainband : a band of citizens trained to bear arms

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What happened between the Cheyenne and the Colorado militia at Sand Creek?

The Cheyenne and their chief were worried that they would be attacked if they went on other territory and they would be shot. So they went to the government and asked where they could go and be safe. They said to sand creek. It was supposed to be theirs and no white men could enter. They settled there and lived. Then the government sent the Colorado Militia to wipe out the Cheyenne. All the Cheyenne died there. Today, there are law suits and stuff about this incident and some decendants from these Cheyenne people can make some money off of these lawsuits.

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How did the democrats react to the militia law introduced by congress in 1862?

In 1862 Congress introduced a millitia law that required states to use CONSCRIPTION, wich is the draftingof people for military service.

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How did the role of the militia change after the battles of lexington and concord?

The militia changed to minutemen

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