This is an interesting article in which the author discusses standing armies and the early rebellions, Shay's and The Whiskey. His conclusion:
And, finally, let us be reminded that the militias of Washington's time no longer exist. The Dick Act of 1903 and the National Defense Act (1916) redefined the system into what we now call the National Guard. Consequently, there is no place in our constitutional life for individual citizens arming themselves with military style weapons like the AR-15.
You may ask how we as a nation and the Supreme Court, as the final arbiter of constitutionality, got it so wrong for so long? Just reflect on how long we embraced the notion that a "black man" was property, or that a woman lacked the right to vote.
In all the twisting and turning that the pro-gun folks do they never seem to answer this. Why did the sacred and beatific founding fathers include the first four words if the right was not to be limited to the militia?
They wouldn't have.
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