anygunanywhere wrote:She said that currently the militia is the National Guard. Wrong!! She needs to do more research and get her facts straight on exactly who the militia is.
James Madison Federalist No. 46
The highest number to which, according to the best computation, a standing army can be carried in any country, does not exceed one hundredth part of the whole number of souls; or one twenty-fifth part of the number able to bear arms. This proportion would not yield, in the United States, an army of more than twenty-five or thirty thousand men. To these would be opposed a militia amounting to near half a million of citizens with arms in their hands, officered by men chosen from among themselves, fighting for their common liberties, and united and conducted by governments possessing their affections and confidence. It may well be doubted, whether a militia thus circumstanced could ever be conquered by such a proportion of regular troops.
According to James Madison the militia was to be all men able to bear arms, approximately 20 TIMES the size of any POSSIBLE American standing army.
With the current population of the United States, a militia, as James Madison envisioned and codified in the US Constitution, would number 20-25% of 327 million people or 65-to-82 million American militia.
10 U.S. Code § 246 - Militia: composition and classes
(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are—
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.
Per U.S. Code the National Guard is part of the organized militia. When the National Guard is called to active duty in the federal service, they are relieved of their status in the state militia. All other citizen able-bodied males at least 17 to 45 are part of the unorganized militia. Congress has failed to organize, arm, or train the "unorganized militia" as originally intended by the founders/US Constitution.