Role of militias

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I suggest some exploratory inquiry, including Carl T. Bogus' University of California 1998 law review article on how Southern state militias were called "slave patrols" designed to put down any slave rebellions.

Gen. Washington was outraged by the condition of the weapons that "militiamen" brought to his army and had a program to buy the weapons from citizens of the militia to keep them in good condition.

Moreover, while militias did make some contribution to the Revolutionary War that should not be ignored, the Continental Army regulars are the ones who eventually won it.

Given what would be a loose confederation of "soldiers" of Withaeger's militia without adequate training or leadership, the resulting slaughter by the United States military forces would make his plan useless.

This nation is strong because of its beliefs in a system that, however imperfect, continues to thrive.

No other country regularly changes its leadership voluntarily and maintains its structural integrity. Guns have nothing to do with it.

-- Marty Goldsmith,

Fort Worth

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