Nick (not verified) | Mon, 07/20/2009 - 11:15pm

I don't fully agree, nor disagree with either.

The Constitution does allow for the federal government to maintain a military, that being the Navy, which of course did at the time have Marines a fully offensive unit. It did also allow for the funding of an army not to exceed 2 years.

The Constitution also mandates that a Militia exists within the states and assigns to the states the sole authority to appoint the officers. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15 & 16 detail the duties of the Militia and how it may be used.

Each state had a Militia Act, some of which are still in force, with the parameters set on the duties and obligation of the men, and officers.

The Second Amendment explains the necessity of the armed citizeny to maintain a free state, and how we are organized into the essential body to enforce the law of the land.


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