Militia: A Common Man’s perspective

Is there a place in America today for a militia?  This question has been weighing on my mind for some time.  What do you think?  I would love to hear your opinions in the comments. For the longest time in my life I took my gun rights for granted and didn’t think that much of it. I’m from Montana, we have guns, we all have guns, that is just the way it is. Gun crime is low, hunting is popular and people actually venture out into the forest to recreationally shoot.  That is the way of life in my world. 

My view of a militia was probably the same as everyone else’s. Gun nuts, loners in the forest, poorly-trained fake operators,  government hatred, dangerous. Mainly the stuff I was taught to believe by the media. But I was willing to see if there was more to the story than I had considered.  So I started researching, and wouldn’t you know it, there’s a lot more going on than I had thought. 

Wanting to get a proper perspective I decided to start at the beginning, at the birth of our nation and though I had heard plenty of stories in history class, I haven’t given them much thought in my adult life. That is how I stumbled across the story of the Green Mountain Boys, led by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold.  And it is true they fought in the Revolutionary War, and were in part responsible for victory, the story goes back a little bit further.  

You see in 1770 a group of people from New York felt they had rights to land west of the green mountains, which had been granted to people from New Hampshire to settle. So they sent Sheriff’s to take the land and terrorize the good people there. And so a group of men decided to put a stop to it.  They stood up against oppression and won their own personal freedom.  Five years later they put their lives on the line again for an even greater cause of freedom.  That sacrifice helped birth our nation.  It’s no wonder, with heroes like that as an example, that our forefathers saw the militia not only as  a necessity, but as the most important part of self defense. 

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