Quote of the Day (And some homework)

“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)

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Retired from the US Navy (21 years) and state (20 years). Recently remarried after being widowed for 5 years. 2 daughters, and a step-daughter, all functioning adults). Graduated from college after the Navy with BA in Education, psychology, Economics, History and Political Science. Teach Hunter Safety for Washington (since 1991) and do historical reenactments for Civil War, WW-1and WW-2.
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One Response to Quote of the Day (And some homework)

  1. The organized militia in NC will not allow me to join as I do not have prior military background.

    Article 1. Sec. 30. Militia and the right to bear arms.
    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; and, as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they shall not be maintained, and the military shall be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. Nothing herein shall justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons, or prevent the General Assembly from enacting penal statutes against that practice.
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    Posted on June 28, 2011 by Sean D. Sorrentino | 9 Comments
    Do you live in North Carolina? Did you know that you are a member of the Militia? The Governor of North Carolina recently signed House Bill 250, which updated the laws that govern the Militia of North Carolina.
    In North Carolina, the Militia is composed of several bodies. First, the North Carolina National Guard
    “§ 127A‑3. Organized militia; National Guard.
    The North Carolina National Guard, both army and air, Army and Air, shall consist of regularly commissioned, warrant and enlisted personnel between such ages as may be within the age limits established by regulations promulgated by the secretary of the appropriate service and shall be organized, governed, armed, equipped and have such the duties and responsibilities as hereinafter provided.provided in this Chapter.
    Second, the Naval Militia
    “§ 127A‑4. Organized militia; naval militia.
    The naval militia shall consist of regularly commissioned, warrant and enlisted personnel between such ages as may be within the age limits established by regulations promulgated by the secretary of the appropriate service and shall be organized, governed, armed, equipped and have such the duties and responsibilities as hereinafter provided.provided in this Chapter.
    Third, the “State Defense Militia” which is an organized militia not subject to federal call up.
    “§ 127A‑5. Organized militia; State defense militia.
    The State defense militia shall consist of commissioned, warrant and enlisted personnel called, ordered, appointed or enlisted therein by the Governor under the provisions of Article 5 of this Chapter and shall be organized, governed, armed, equipped and have such the duties and responsibilities as hereinafter provided.provided in this Chapter.
    Fourth, the “Historic Military Commands” which sound interesting, but I don’t know anything about.
    “§ 127A‑6. Organized militia; historic military commands.
    Historic military commands are those historic groups which remain active by meeting at least once a month and which follow military procedures. Only such groups as may be designated by the Governor shall fall within this branch of the militia. Any maximum age limits prescribed by this Chapter shall not be applicable do not apply to members of historic military commands.
    And finally, the Unorganized Militia.
    “§ 127A‑7. Composition of unorganized militia.
    The unorganized militia shall consist of all other able‑bodied citizens of the State and of the United States and such all other able‑bodied persons who have or shall declare their intention to become citizens of the United States, who shall be at least 17 years of age, except those who have been convicted of a felony or discharged from any component of the military under other than honorable conditions.
    You can see from the quoted paragraph that some changes were made to the law governing the Unorganized Militia. This should tell you that if something else was intended, they could have very easily changed it. Unfortunately for those anti-gun types who dispute that the Militia exists, and that it includes much more than the National Guard, this law confirms that each and every able bodied adult citizens of North Carolina, minus a few exceptions, are members of the Militia. Note carefully that it does not restrict militia membership to men. That means that women are also members of the NC Militia. Yay equality!
    The Governor can call the militia if she wants to.
    “§ 127A‑88. Manner of ordering out unorganized militia.
    The Governor shall, when ordering out the unorganized militia, designate the number. He The Governor may order them out either by calling for volunteers or by draft. He The Governor may attach them to the several organizations of the North Carolina National Guard, the State defense militia or naval militia, as may be best for the service.
    “§ 127A‑89. Draft of unorganized militia.
    If the unorganized militia is ordered out by draft, the Governor shall designate the persons in each county to make the draft, and prescribe rules and regulations for conducting the same.it.
    “§ 127A‑90. Punishment for failure to appear.
    Every member of the militia ordered out for duty, or who shall volunteer or be drafted, who does not appear at the time and place ordered, shall be liable to such punishment as a court‑martial may determine.determined by a court‑martial.
    So if the word goes out and you don’t show up as ordered, you get a Court Martial. The Governor doesn’t need to worry about me. If the State is in such a bad bind that I would be considered more of a help than a hindrance, I’ll show up.
    There’s even a section where the State will promote marksmanship.
    “§ 127A‑91. Promotion of marksmanship.
    The Adjutant General is authorized to detail a commissioned officer of the North Carolina National Guard or member of the State defense militia to promote rifle marksmanship among the State defense militia and the unorganized militia of the State. Such The officer or member so detailed shall serve without pay and it shall be his dutythe duty of the officer or member to organize and supervise rifle clubs in schools, colleges, universities, clubs and other groups, under such rules and regulations as prescribed by the Adjutant General shall prescribe and in such a manner to that will make them, when duly organized, acceptable for membership in the National Rifle Association. Provided, that such these duties and efforts shall in nowise interfere or conflict with clubs of schools or units operating in R.O.T.C.Reserve Officers’ Training Corps or similar schools under the supervision of armed forces instructors.instructors of the Armed Forces of the United States.
    Oh, dear. Does that mean that the State is supposed to offer organized marksmanship training in regular schools throughout the State? And worse, these training clubs should be organized in a way acceptable to the evil NRA?!?! I wonder if they will be promoting Appleseed shoots? Do you think I can convince them to loan me a proper rifle for my training class?
    Well, that puts paid to the ignorant concept that the “Militia” referred to in the Second Amendment refers solely to the National Guard. Don’t let the gun grabbers know. With all the other things going on, they’d probably not take it well.