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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Defending Schools NRA Style, a "Historical" Approach

Let's explore a way to fulfill Wayne LaPierre's idea for defending schools against future massacres, which is to provide an armed guard for every school. If we look back to our colonial and early constitutional history, there is a way provided for us to accomplish such a thing, a way that doesn't turn it all over to the Federal government to be solved.

First let's look at the entire Second Amendment rather than cherry picking a bit like a fervent fundamentalist trying to make some obtuse point. Don't worry, it isn't long:

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.
Notes for this amendment:
Proposed 9/25/1789
Ratified 12/15/1791 [Courtesy of The US Constitution Online]

The often overlooked phrase prior to the comma provides the foundation for our answer. My research as a historical archaeologist fills in the rest. You see, back in the day, both the days we were British colonies and the early days as an independent United States, every man between the ages of 18 and 65 who was fit enough to fire a gun was required to own one gun and to be part of their local militia. Each militia colonel who led his men was required to carry the spare parts needed to keep those guns in working order. In the colonial period, the guns themselves came from the British armory from their old, leftover weapons they just couldn't quite toss out. 

Twice a year, the local colonel called together his troops, trained them, drilled them, fixed the guns that needed fixing, and fed the troops. These local militias were at the beck and call of the governors who called them out to repell invading foreign soldiers, to roust pirates, and to interact with the local Native American population (in the case of one colonel in Maryland, he and his troops were sent to talk to a local tribe and attempt to convince them to move their homes back from the far side of the mountain where they were out of view to the near side where they were more easily observed by a nervous governor through his proxies ... you see Native Americans took in runaway slaves and adopted them, which was bad for business). The local militia could also be called out for local riots when things got out of hand at the tavern (or at least the members who weren't already in said tavern). 

So, where does that leave us? With the following modest proposal: revive the local militia (not the National Reserve, those guys have been exhausted by vital service overseas). Every armed man (especially those passionate for semi-automatic firearms) must join the local militia. Each must elect a colonel taking on the responsibility for his or her troops who is recognized by the governor as the go to person in emergencies. This colonel will be trained by the National Guard and will pass along that wisdom to his/her troops. In time of natural and unnatural disaster the local militia will be called to serve in whatever capacity the governor feels they might best serve, whether that's adding sandbags to flood defenses or supporting the local police when some lunatic sets his house on fire and waits for the firemen with his assault weaponry to do mayhem and murder. Among their duties will be to provide all local schools with armed guards (well trained in working with school officials and children, both small and large). This should satisfy the NRA's call for armed guards in every school and keep their own members busy doing their civic duty to others.

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