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  •  Reminds me of an old saying... (4+ / 0-)
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    Joy of Fishes, Smoh, glorificus, 43north

    Once you've gone through the training to be able to kill somebody with your bare hands... you really don't want to kill somebody with your bare hands.

    I see your point, and while I understand it, the training must reflect the deadliness of the charge and capability being given.

    NO fly by night, joe bobs shootin range an' laisinsin...

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 03:03:29 PM PST

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    •  That's what I mean, training (2+ / 0-)
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      that is more than just hitting the target... training that involves legalities, like when defensive gun use is legal and when it isn't, shot discipline, know your backstop, safe storage from children or how to secure weapons from break-ins when you're not around, etc.

      It would also include more traditional militia stuff like how to operate as a part of a team, why individual heroics only works in movies and will get you killed in real life, and so on.

      All sorts of things can be taken from a military or police manual. If the civil militia is called upon to, say, cordon off an area because of wildfires, or floods, or whatever, they will know how to do it properly. There would only need to be one policeman there to oversee things and affect arrests in need be (the militia wouldn't have arrest powers themselves)-- that way, police manpower could be stretched.

      Militia could also be called for search & rescue (which would not require guns but would need rugged individuals with a sense of teamwork) but could also be "deputized" to hunt for violent fugitives if needed or secure facilities from looters after a disaster.

      And so forth.

      •  Sounds a lot like the National Guard... (3+ / 0-)
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        Joy of Fishes, Smoh, glorificus

        to be honest.

        I'm a big supporter of that.  ;)

        I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

        by detroitmechworks on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 03:20:53 PM PST

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        •  Except that the National Guard (2+ / 0-)
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          is an auxiliary arm of the federal US Army.

          A state militia, a proper one, would be tied to the state-- couldn't be mobilized. They also would not have the discriminatory hiring practices-- women could take infantry courses if they wished, and diabetics, epileptics, etc could join, HIV-positives, people with birth defects or asthma, wheelchair-bound people if they were content to do so (they'd probably be administrative or radio operators rather than line types, of course...).

          I'd actually fill the course with a lot of Combat Engineer type things, really. That's the kind of stuff that is useful in an emergency, after all. And sapper training for a militia would be ideal in the highly unlikely event that there ever was an actual invasion by a large, organized, heavily armed outside force. Courses could be offered on CPR and other civil-useful stuff as well.

          •  If it paid... (2+ / 0-)
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            Smoh, glorificus

            We'd be looking at a potential works program...

            Hell the Roman Legion spent most of their time building roads...  just sayin.  

            :)

            I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

            by detroitmechworks on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 03:57:55 PM PST

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            •  I'd imagine it would be something that (1+ / 0-)
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              people did voluntarily, although we could work out something like, say, gas used to attend militia events could be taken off taxes when filing in April.

              And if they are called up to help with a disaster and they respond, there can be other perks-- maybe a small stipend, and families get guaranteed placing or first pick for relocation if necessary, or something.

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