I was reading some of the comments at the end of the article. What I find interesting is how some of the posters appeared afraid of these people, while the bigger threats of Pelosi and Reid wander through Washington.
Ya know … if they really wanted to get the federales goats, they should seek official recognition from the state.
Make anyone who has a CCW a member if they wish. Anyone with military training experience can apply to be a local commander and hold drills/training/bullshit sessions once a month.
Then issue them bare M-16 lowers marked Idaho State Militia. They can swap them into their AR clones as part of their training. Since it is a bona-fide state militia, no Form 10 is needed for the lowers.
Seems I heared’a similar militia group that got theyselves in a passel’a trouble with the authorities a while back. Somethin’ t’do with their arsenal of military-grade weapons and ammo. Gummint didn’t like that one bit an’ sent regular soldiers to grab up ‘em weapons. Militia warn’t havin’ none’a it, and a number of ‘em got shot for their trouble. Lot a gummint regulars got kilt, too. Happened over yonder ’round … oh, where was that dagnabbed … oh, yeah, Lexington & Concorde.
Comment by DougM (November is coming) — August 2, 2012 @ 5:54 pm
“if they really wanted to get the federales goats, they should seek official recognition from the state.”
Comment by Melissa In Texas — August 2, 2012 @ 6:16 pm
Also, I used to be part of a militia unit — while at VMI:
The current Virginia Militia under Virginia Code § 44-1 states “The militia of the Commonwealth of Virginia shall consist of all able-bodied citizens of this Commonwealth and all other able-bodied persons resident in this Commonwealth who have declared their intention to become citizens of the United States, who are at least sixteen years of age and, except as hereinafter provided, not more than fifty-five years of age. The militia shall be divided into four classes, the National Guard, which includes the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard, the Virginia State Defense Force, the naval militia, and the unorganized militia.”
Permanent faculty members of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) are normally offered commissions in the naval or unorganized militia of Virginia. The Superintendent of VMI is normally a Lieutenant General of the unorganized Virginia militia unless he or she is a regular US military officer of higher rank. The corps of cadets also serves as cadet members of the unorganized militia.
The corps of cadets can be called out for state service. While I was there, we went out and fought three forest fires.
I have never seen a conservative point this out: the “militia” argument works in favor of private gun possession. In Revolutionary times, militias were formed from private citizens who brought their own guns. In order to bring a gun, you had to be able to own and carry (“keep and bear”) it. You can’t raise that kind of militia when the people are unarmed.
That being said, the people in the link seem like kooks to me.
Comment by SteveHGraham — August 3, 2012 @ 6:31 am