> Lloyd R. Parker (email@example.com) wrote:
> I've seen no evidence for this. The Constitution doesn't mention
> "select" and neither does any reference I've consulted. The Const.
> mentions the militia once in the main body -- Congress shall
> provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the militia; and
> the militia shall be used to execute the laws, repel invasions, and
> suppress insurrections. The militia, one. It is also
> contradictory for RWI's to say the RKBA is so the militia can
> overthrow the gov't if need be when the Const. specifically says
> the militia is to be used to suppress insurrections.
Here we have another example of Mr. Parker's selective scholarship. Or is
it just that if the reference _supports_ the 2nd Amendment as an individual
right, not a state right, then it's not _really_ reference material?
After the successful revolution, the maintenance of a citizen militia was a
primary concern of the framers of the Constitution. General Washington's
Inspector General, Baron Von Steuben, proposed a "select militia" of 21,000
that would be given government issue arms and special government training.
When the proposed Constitution was presented for debate, anti-Federalists
complained that it would allow for the withering of the citizen militia in
favor of the virtual standing army of a "select militia." Richard Henry
Lee, in his widely-read _Letters from the Federal Farmer to the
Republican_, warned ratifiers that a select militia had the same potential
to deprive civil liberties as a standing army, for if "one fifth or one
eighth part of the people capable of bearing arms should be made into a
select militia," the select militia would rule over the "defenseless" rest
of the population. Therefore, wrote Lee, "the Constitution ought to secure
a genuine, and guard against a select, militia .
.. to preserve liberty, it
is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be
taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."
 Hardy, _Armed Citizens, Citizen Armies: Toward a Jurisprudence of the
 W. Bennett, ed., _Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republican_