America’s freedom and liberty was established by anti-big government gun owners with “unregistered assault rifles,” the individual men of the local militias of the several states.
The Greek philosopher Aristotle proclaimed 2,300 years ago that the prevalence of privately owned weapons was the best indicator of whether a nation was free. It is still a true measure of freedom today. Free men own guns, slaves do not.
The United States Code (the laws of Congress) states in 10 USC 311(a) that, “The Militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age …” The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in U.S. v. Miller that when called into action the militia was to show up “bearing arms supplied by themselves …” Black’s Law Dictionary defines militia as, “The body of citizens in a state” and not the “regular troops of a standing army.” The militia is distinctly different from the National Guard or the U.S. military forces.
Our Founding Fathers warned that the militia must never be replaced by a standing army. Today, our nation has the world’s most powerful military; 57 government agencies carry guns and most have their own SWAT teams; and local police are trained in para-military operations.
As our Founding Fathers warned — the demise of the militia and rise of a standing army would spell the end of freedom and liberty.