Archive for April, 2013

270,000,000 Guns For A “Well-Regulated Militia”?

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Our nation contains 270,000,000 privately owned guns.

Our population is 316,000,000 citizens.

India, the world’s largest democracy, contains 40,000,000 privately owned guns.

India’s population is 1,200,000,000 - more than three times the population of the U.S.

Our gun death rate is 10.3 persons killed per 100,000 persons.

India’s gun death rate is 0.55 persons killed per 100,000 persons.

[Sources: Guns -, Populations - CIA World Factbook]

Amendment II to The Constitution of the United States of America reads:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Note: The homepage of the National Rifle Association does not contain all of the words of Amendment II. Perhaps it’s due to those pesky words in the first part of Amendment II.

Because the only “well regulated militia” we have in 2015 is each state’s National Guard, whose history is recorded on the U..

The National Guard, the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation’s longest-enduring institutions, celebrated its 370th birthday on December 13, 2006. The National Guard traces its history back to the earliest English colonies in North America. Responsible for their own defense, the colonists drew on English military tradition and organized their able-bodied male citizens into militias.

The colonial militias protected their fellow citizens from Indian attack, foreign invaders, and later helped to win the Revolutionary War.

Following independence, the authors of the Constitution empowered Congress to “provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the militia.”

However, recognizing the militia’s state role, the Founding Fathers reserved the appointment of officers and training of the militia to the states. Today’s National Guard still remains a dual state-Federal force.

[Source: The National Guard]

How is it that a gun manufacturers’ lobbying group has convinced voters that each person in our nation has a constitutional right to own and use a gun?

Because the only persons specifically authorized that right — by our Constitution — are the men and women who serve in our country’s sole organized militia: The National Guard?