It seems to have a different meaning to a lot of different folks. In my opinion the media has butchered the meaning and concept of a citizens army because of a few bad apples. So now people are afraid to say they agree with or are a part of one as they will be attacked or watched by the government they may someday be willing to protect.
Most states have laws making it illegal to form a militia because they are afraid they might be taken over if they (the state) get out of hand. Yes as some have said they would be a loosely organized, (If allowed) well-regulated citizenís army made up of 100% volunteers, as they were the Revolutionary War Militias. I think it was Admiral Yamamoto that said he did not want to invade the main land US because there was a rifle behind every blade of grass. He was not afraid of the military as mush as he was afraid of the people in general, its citizen army who where patrolling the coastline and manning checkpoints while the active military was fighting over seas. They where not a part of the National Guard many of these people where just volunteers.
For me it is and always will be individuals who are willing to give everything to protect their family, their home, their state and the constitution above all else from enemies both foreign and domestic! We are the last lines of defense in a world gone bad!
But hay it is just my opinion!
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