The Constitution requires the organization of the vast amount of people in this country in State institutions—the “Militia”—“the Militia of the several States”. The ultimate purpose being, in the extreme case, to enforce the principles of the Declaration of Independence. And in all ordinary cases to oversee and enforce the principles of the United States Constitution with legal authority. The Constitution assigns 3 fundamental security responsibilities to the Militia, for WE THE PEOPLE to provide themselves with “the security of a free State”, as the Second Amendment refers to it, by exercising their constitutional legal authority. So it’s different than people organizing themselves as a pressure group and lobbying their legislature. They have a perfect legal right to do that, but they do not have, nor can they gain, any specific legal authority in that process. Private groups calling themselves “militia” are not constitutional Militia because they are not formed under State statute and therefore have no legal authority. WE THE PEOPLE, by performing our Militia service are supposed to be functioning in a police capacity, in the broadest sense of “police”, to provide ourselves with security from any threats, the worse being rogue government officials who violate constitutional principles under color of law. If government officials did not commit criminal acts against THE PEOPLE there would be no need for the statutes that address them. (footnote 1) The Constitution itself recognizes that government officials at the highest levels may engage in behavior that constitutes “treason”. (footnote 2) Additionally, “the “security of a free State” to which the Second Amendment refers, would also include “economic security”— such as reinstituting a stable constitutional currency as the Founders outlined in the Constitution that prevents government theft, forced loans upon WE THE PEOPLE, and monetization of debt through the emission of what the Constitution calls “bills of credit” (footnote 3), which was a term of art for paper money.
The term “Militia” in today’s culture has a negative connotation even amongst self-styled “patriots’ and “constitutionalists”. The very mention of the Militia is often rejected within the “liberty” movement itself in direct defiance of the absolute position of the Militia as constitutionally “necessary”—not merely “optional” or “a good idea”. Ignorance to the Militia gains an invaluable prop on both sides of the individual “gun rights” debate who disregard if not openly defy the constitutional declaration that “a well regulated Militia” is “necessary to the security of a free State”. (footnote 4) The Second Amendment is a warning: No “free State” can long survive as such without “[a] well regulated Militia”. Then consider that no proper Militia of the constitutional pattern have existed in any State in the Union for over 100 years. As you study the historical and legal information on this website, you will learn that “the Militia of the several States” is not merely quaint story-telling about men attired in knee-britches and three-cornered hats. “A well regulated Militia” is what every Colonial and State statute mandated for 150 years, existing at all times, in war and peace, prior to ratification of the Constitution. As a constitutional institution, “the Militia of the several States” are a governmental institution and had been such as a matter of fact and law long before the Constitution was a thought in anyone’s mind. The Constitution was not creating any “well regulated Militia” it was recognizing them as preëxisting and made them permanent parts of the Federal system. The Second Amendment reinforced the Militia as “necessary”. WE THE PEOPLE have left “the security of a free State” (Second Amendment) in the hands of the Political Class and as a result the Republic and our “free State” continues to atrophy. A properly revitalized Militia today would enable Americans to reassert their legal authority by exercising “the power of the purse” and the “power of the sword” every day of the year. Revitalization of “the Militia of the several States” is a task WE THE PEOPLE must take seriously as the erection of a paramilitary police state continues at breakneck speed, coupled with the inherent instability of a collapsing Federal Reserve System.