Conflicts Within the Militia

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Let me start by saying I am not writing about any particular militia or group today, not even my own. But rather I am talking about the idea that a group of people all with different skills and experiences, different personalities and ideas about how to arrive at their destination, can, with commitment, respect and compromise, can achieve their common goal. The idea of militia…what it is meant to be and achieve, what it has the potential to accomplish. A brotherhood you can depend on.

In a perfect world everyone who joins a militia wants the same things and has the same goals and methods to get there. The funny thing is we aren’t in a perfect world and anytime you have a group of people,  who by their very act of getting involved in a militia could be perceived as committed, strong willed and somewhat aggressive in their pursuits-who come from different walks in life with different personalities, you are bound to have some conflicts and disagreements.

My hope and advice when those conflicts arrive is that as a group we remind ourselves of our common goals, we speak honestly and forthrightly to one another and about one another, we come to the table willing to listen and compromise, and to maintain our respect and integrity. Not just as a group but as individuals as well.

We all know there are forces out there set to kill and destroy that which is good. We must take a stand, together. United in mind and effort in order to accomplish our goal of protecting our families and our country, by serving our communities and upholding our constitution. This means we must be able to trust our brothers in arms.

Trust is a hard thing to earn and incredibly easy to loose. My mantra’s when it comes to recognizing who and what you can trust are as follows:  ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS and BELIEVE WHAT YOU KNOW-WHAT YOU SEE AND HEAR WITH YOUR OWN EYES. If you allow yourself to be fooled or led astray, you deserve whatever befalls you.

As committed militia with a pure intent to protect our families, communities and our country- we are honor bound to do so.  If we find ourselves in the company of a person or group who do not hold the same standards or values, then we have to make a choice. Don’t settle for less than your family or country deserve.

So be aware, stay vigilant and don’t forget to take out the trash if it needs it.

It’s Not All About Running and Gunning in the Militia

My personal militia experience has consisted of some target practice and tactical skills training. But that is not all the militia entails. Our unit has also had barbeques where families were welcomed and I have taken part in administrative planning meetings and weekly conference calls. We have spent some time programming and learning how to use ham radios as well.

Next month we have an overnight hiking trip planned that families and children are welcome to attend. My husband, my son and I all plan on attending. Once, we all met at a gun show and walked around and shopped together. At our next gathering we are going to discuss and plan a community service project.

My point is, being in the militia is not all about running and gunning. It’s not about playing soldier. We teach and learn by sharing skills and experiences. We develop a kinship and camaraderie that grows everytime we get together. We are building a team and strengthening a family. It is a lot of hard work but can be fun and rewarding as well.

Pew. Pew.

That is all.

Why I Joined the Militia

Photo Credit: T.S.M.

Photo Credit: T.S.M.

Lots of different people join the Militia for many different reasons. The people that make up Militia’s across the country are as varied as the citizens of this great country. They are good ole boys to soccer dads, college students to retired military, housewives to Harvard lawyers. That is what many people just don’t understand when they ask ‘who are the militia?’. The answer: I am the militia, you are the militia, we are all the militia. We are different in many ways, but the ways we are the same include a love of country, a caring attitude for people, not just family and a sense of responsibility that comes from pride and hard work.

Who am I? I am a married mother of four. I was raised in south Florida and have lived in Texas since 1993. I have my GED and have had some college. I work full time in accounting. I have two grandchildren and two dogs. When my kids were little I volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, a Pop Warner Cheer Coach and served as Den Mother for a Cub Scout Pack. I also taught Sunday School at my church for many years. I have voted Democrat, Republican and Independent. I am a conservative and a patriot.

I decided to join the Militia for several reasons. The first was a growing sense of alarm at the direction this country seems to be heading, that both my husband and I shared. I have seen our rights being stripped away as if they mean nothing and this concerns me to the point that I felt I needed to get involved and do something about it. I am an active pro 2nd amendment supporter. I encourage my friends and family to pay attention to politics and research candidates and to get out and vote. I write my Congressmen and Senators and voice my opinion by attending rally’s and signing petitions, but that isn’t enough.

That alone will not protect me or my family if the US dollar crashes and Marshall law is declared. So last year I purchased my first gun and learned to use it. I took a CHL class and am applying for my concealed carry permit. The Militia is training me in tactics and skills that may be needed in a defense situation. I am gaining confidence in my ability to protect myself and my family in any situation- may it be a home invasion or robbery, or an all out civil war.

The second reason is after watching peoples reactions and struggles due to them being unprepared after events like Katrina, and other natural disasters, my husband and I felt a desire and an urgency to get prepared and once we began that process, we realized we needed to have a support network of like minded people that were getting prepared as well to learn from and to be able to depend on if and when the time came. We found those people in the Militia.

The third reason was a profound sense of responsibility toward community service. It has been ingrained in me from early childhood to serve others and I have done it all my life. From scouting as a child, to being involved in many different volunteer projects for the Humane Society, Relay for Life, food drives, etc in high school, to teaching Sunday school, volunteering as a troop leader or coach, serving on various boards for youth sports, collecting Christmas donations for the children’s home, etc. I love my community, I love people and as a Christian and as an American, I have a responsibility to help where I can and when I can. The Militia is a perfect avenue to allow me to serve my community in so many different ways.

I joined the Militia because it was the right thing to do and because it is necessary, as our 2nd Amendment states, to the security of a free state.

A Word Study on the 2nd Amendment

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A well regulated militia, in my opinion based on numerous articles that I have read and various scholars interpretations of the 2nd Amendment based on the context and language it was written in, simply means a good and organized group of citizens that are willing to defend their homes, families, neighborhoods, states and country against a threat of any measure to their safety or freedom.

being necessary to the security- In my opinion, the word ‘being’ can be taken as an absolute, as in ‘is’. A well regulated militia, is necessary to the security of a free state. I take ‘necessary’ to mean needed, required or obligated. ‘Security’ to me, means secure or safe.

of a free state- ‘free’ indicates unbound by oppression or tyranny. ‘State’, based on the context of the Constitution refers to the individual states as represented by the citizen’s militia. 

the right of the people- The word ‘right’ to me indicates that the forthcoming statement is a freedom belonging to me as one of the ‘people’, and the ‘people’ are simply the citizen’s of the state and country. 

to keep and bear arms- to me, this statement means I can ‘keep’, hold and have in my possession, buy and own, ‘arms’, which are weapons, namely firearms, with which to defend myself, my family and my rights. 

shall not be infringed- ‘shall not be’ I also take as an absolute- as in ‘will not’ or ‘can not’ and ‘infringed’ means imposed upon, changed or taken away. Inalienable. 

 

The 2nd Amendment, written by the United States of America’s founding fathers, tells me that as a citizen, I am the militia, and that my role in the militia is necessary to ensure my own freedom and the freedoms afforded my state and country as well. That I have the right to own a firearm, that I have the right to bear it, or carry it and that that right shall not be taken away. Period.