Last Updated on August 20, 2022 by Constitutional Militia
“Awell regulated Militia” is neither a private organization—and therefore exclusive in character; nor a governmental entity in which only a few select members of the community may participate—and therefore élitist in character. Instead, it is the one and only governmental institution in which everyone who is physically able to perform a useful function is expected to serve in one way or another—and therefore near-universal in character. In this, the Militia differs from every other public establishment and institution. To be sure, “[a] well regulated Militia” is always smaller than the community as a whole. But the community as a whole performs no particular governmental function. The electorate, too, may outnumber the Militia, depending on demographic circumstances. But, as explained below, service in the Militia is compulsory, whereas voting almost never is. And in any jurisdiction the Militia is always much larger than the aggregate of all other governmental entities.