Reblogged from the blog page of a new new reader and — apparently — friend of the RNL (good read and on target):
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.
Now, there’s lots of people who will read that and say “well, militia — that’s the military, not people.”
That’s not what our founders thought. Remember, they fought a war against the British crown and for the first several months they did it solely with militia. What they defined as militia was any man who showed up with his rifle. Yes, there were attempts to organize these men into fighting units because there was no way militia were winning against the Red Coats without some training, but they were still volunteers who were taking time off from their farms and shops to fight for their community.