some of the most rational arguments i’ve heard for the formation and maintenance of citizen based militias…

then there’s this article in The Atlantic

“Why the ‘Citizen Militia’ Theory Is the Worst Pro-Gun Argument Ever”

The notion that an individual right to bear arms guarantees the American people against government tyranny is of course an old one. Given its apparent validation in the Second Amendment of the Constitution itself, it’s not surprising that the notion has survived in some way through to the 21st century. Given its defiance of history and common sense, though, what should be surprising is that it’s survived to remain so widespread.

If America experienced a widespread political uprising today, it would bear little resemblance to Lexington and Concord in 1775, with well-disciplined minutemen assembling on the town square to defend liberty against the redcoats. It would more likely be a larger scale reenactment of the “Bleeding Kansas” revolt of 1854 to 1861, when small bands of armed zealots unleashed an orgy of inter-communal violence, unbounded by any laws of war or human decency.

There is, we all know, a Second Amendment right to gun ownership. Under our constitutional form of government, the Supreme Court has the authority to decide what the Constitution means, and after decades of judicial ambiguity, inDistrict of Columbia v. Heller a majority of the justices found an individual right to gun ownership, unrelated to membership in a state militia. But the Heller decision also makes it clear that this is not an unlimited right, and that it may be subject to extensive government regulation.”

though not the same arguments exactly, it’s all pretty closely interrelated at this point.


the arguments have often been framed as the right to live independent vs. the greater good – social welfare.

the third road is becoming increasingly relevant, a decentralization of power and resources that could lead to an increased sense of purpose and self-reliance in individuals while creating tighter knit and stronger communities.

this goal does not require violence.

tho it could – it shouldn’t. force should always be a measure of last resort.

sometimes death is even still preferable.


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