Friday, July 17, 2015

The Militia Reconstituted

"And the idea of having lots of armed citizens everywhere makes sense. When you face a diffuse, widely-distributed threat, you need a diffuse, widely-distributed defense. You can’t do that with police and military because there aren’t enough of them. But you can do it with ordinary citizens. And there’s one group of responders that will always be on the scene of any attack — the citizens who are already there. If they’re able to respond, things are much better than if they’re not."

Prof. Glenn Reynolds


nj larry said...

Got up early on the East coast to watch some golf. Flipping around the channels, breaking news is that the wounded sailor in the TN shooting has died this morning. Tragic, sickening and downright depressing news for this nation.

RIP Petty Officer Randall Smith. Just 26 years old. So much of a life that will never be. My heart is breaking.

Anonymous said...

Why Switzerland has the lowest gun crime:

But everyone here already understands this. After all, WE ARE THE GROWN-UPS!

Life Member

.weston.pecos. said...

Too many people talk about the colonial American militias without really knowing the history and organization of those militias. The word gets thrown around nowadays like it is some sort of thing that can just be thrown together outside of the government and then the “militia of all the people can protect us,” etc.

If you really want to understand what the colonial American militia was all about, how it started, how it was constituted, how it functioned, and every other detail, you need to do some work reading about it (and, not on the Internet forums). I suggest this book, painstakingly researched from original documents by a former NATO commanding general: The Minute Men: The First Fight: Myths and Realities of the American Revolution (History of War)

If you want to know the history of a private militia, formed when Pennsylvania’s Quaker government refused to authorize a militia to protect the citizens against attacks by Indians, you can read about the Pennsylvania Associators. They had their own infantry, cavalry, and artillery. They served with distinction at the Battles of Trenton and Princeton, amongst other Revolutionary War battles: The Pennsylvania Associators, 1747-1777

KevinC said...

I've changed my daily carry from a Shield and spare mag to a Cz P07 and spare mag, and a number of Facebook friends are either going double stack or switching to open carry. This horror has shown a bunch of us that we are (and always have been) our own first responders.

Michael Bane said...

KevinC…you are not alone. I have been a huge proponent of the mini-9s, but I have gone back to the SR9c 2 10+1 and a 17-round back-up mag. What changed my thinking was Gabe Suarez' multiple comments on what gun might you want on your person if it was you at Charlie Hebdo or Garland, TX.

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