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  •  We already have militias (1+ / 0-)
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    rjnerd

    in the form of National Guards.   Why do we need to invent something new just so people with a gun fetish have an outlet for it?

    Anyone who wants to be in a militia can join the National Guard and get all the training and time they want with guns.

    •  The National Guard system wasn't (1+ / 0-)
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      formalized until World War 1. The 2nd Amendment wasn't referring to the National Guard, but citizen militias.

      The National Guard doesn't qualify as a grown-up militia because it is an auxiliary of the Federal standing Army. That means it has to follow Army restrictions.

      Until recently, that meant gays couldn't serve (and even now, HIV-positives can't), and it still means women cannot serve in combat roles regardless of whether they are qualified or motivated. Also out-- diabetics, epileptics, and people who are wheelchair bound but otherwise fully capable.

      Basically, the demands of the job (war) allows the US Military to ignore the Americans With Disabilities Act and can practice discriminatory hiring. A citizen militia would be open to all.

      The nice thing about citizen militias in the War of 1812, was that they were almost impossible to organize for offensive warfare. Commanders complained the militias frequently refused to participate in aggression into Canada, some even refused to go past their state boundaries. In their mindset, that sort of stuff had nothing to do with defending their homes, which was what they felt the militia was for-- not to be tools for someone else's desire for attack. Pesky militias and their lack of imperialist spirit, heh!

    •  And get shipped off again? No thanks (0+ / 0-)

      I did my time in Uncle Same's Canoe Club.

      The National Guard has been re-assigned indefinitely it seems and completely tied up in red tape if Katrina is any indicator.

      I guess that is how it goes with any top heavy org or government.

      Too Many Chefs, not enough wait staff.

      •  Good thing you brought up Katrina, since (0+ / 0-)

        that reminds me that there was a plan (don't know if it went through or not) to use private security to secure disaster sites like Katrina. The idea was, since the National Guard was tied up in Iraq and Afghanistan, then the good folks at Blackwater/Name-of-the-Week club could bring in some folks to help out.

        To be honest, that terrifies me. Hopefully, now that the wars are winding down (or done, as in Iraq) that isn't such a pressing issue. But the thought alone is worrisome. People have already been through a disaster, and now they have to have corporate mercenaries poking around in our lives afterwards?

        •  Well they used "Private Security" at the Gulf Gush (0+ / 0-)

          --er, so I guess that is a big yes.

          Rich people used private security during Katrina too.

          Having Corporate Mercs on US Soil messing with regular citizens on public land pisses me off.

          I don't see it as being right, especially under the circumstances that they were employed. What happened in the Gulf of Mexico was a complete erosion of the People's Rights.

          Mercs confiscating Cameras, camera phones and other recording devices, Mercs keeping people off of public beaches or even intimidating people on their private beaches so the unified command could bag dead animals and throw them in land fills or blow up whales at sea where no one could see them.

          That is screwed up. But then I have a lot to say about that whole situation.

          Makes you wonder if that is happening at some fracking sites too.

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