“I ask who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers.”
– George Mason, Address to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 4, 1788
Now – the homework. Find out what your state has to say about the militia. Below are the applicable sections of the Constitution of the State of Washington and the Revised Code of Washington (the laws that interpret the Constitution)
Constitution of the State of Washington. Article X Section All able-bodied male citizens of this state between the ages of eighteen (18) and forty-five (45) years except such as are exempt by laws of the United States or by the laws of this state, shall be liable to military duty.
RCW 38.04.030. Composition of the militia. The militia of the state of Washington shall consist of all able bodied citizens of the United States and all other able bodied persons who have declared their intention to become citizens of the United States, residing within this state, who shall be more than eighteen years of age, and shall include all persons who are members of the national guard and the state guard, and said militia shall be divided into two classes, the organized militia and the unorganized militia. (This means that women are part of the militia, and it doesn’t matter how old you are)