You Got to Be Kidding Me!

All Able-bodied Citizens…

Posted in Guns, Politics by Stacy McMahon on February 7, 2007

I have a lot to complain about tonight, but in the interest of not going off half-cocked, we’ll save that for another time. In the meantime, I finally got around to reading The Second Amendment and States Rights: A Thought Experiment (link via Instapundit) and I’m fascinated by the idea of returning to something like the pre-Civil War militia system. As the title says, the paper is a thought experiment and the authors aren’t necessarily recommending such a system, but it’s still an interesting idea.

I’ll add a few details to flesh it out. Imagine every able-bodied man and woman being required to turn out at least once a year for military training, and to own and maintain at least the standard infantry weapon, with interested persons being able to participate in more intensive training (and acquire the weapons and other gear to go with it) or attend Officer Candidate School (if they’re qualified) alongside regular military members. A system like that would kill the dreams of gun-banners once and for all, promote greater personal responsibility, and maybe even restore some of the lost sense of community with your neighbors. Most importantly in my mind, it would eliminate the mystique that allows guns and gun owners to be demonized in the minds of people who have never seen a firearm up close. If an “assault rifle” is something everyone’s mom and dad have and use, then it can no longer be the anthropomorphized secular demon of gun-control lore.

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  1. Clint said, on February 8, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Great idea!

    While I am against forced conscription — if going to a few training sessions would get me a gun without legal hassle, I’d do it. 🙂

    And you’re completely right about how it would change things (for the better).

  2. Christina said, on February 9, 2007 at 10:37 am

    I don’t know, my dad had an assault rifle and many many many other guns (which I saw up close and even held on occasion-under supervision, of course), but I’m not sure everyone in America is responsible enough to be given a firearm. I think the problem is that a lot of the folks who probably shouldn’t have them are the folks who do.

    By the way, that’s how the Swiss Army works to this day.


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