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> Lloyd R. Parker (lparker@emoryu1.cc.emory.edu) 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.[1] 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."[2] [1] Hardy, _Armed Citizens, Citizen Armies: Toward a Jurisprudence of the [2] W. Bennett, ed., _Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republican_
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This note was uploaded on 10/24/2009 for the course CC CAd 504 taught by Professor Chickenyoun during the Spring '09 term at University of Washington.

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