Solution: Restore the 2nd Amend. & our Constitutional Republic.. Practical way to regulate Militias (Regulate = To make Regular)Submitted by Lawmanjed on Sat, 09/28/2013 - 03:16
Bill of Rights - Amendment II:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
'regulated', i.e. 'to regulate', meaning 'to make regular'.
The idea is that local, state, citizens' militias will replace police departments and standing armies., and the corruption and tyranny they cause.
There is actually a very good debate about whether the current "organized militia" aka the Army National Guard and Air National Guard, are actually constitutional... Or if Congress has lived up to it's constitutional obligations to provide (funding) to states to make regular militias. That's because the Army NG & Air NG are actually used as reserve forces, and are deployed overseas. That is unconstitutional, and arguably means that Congress has not fulfilled it's constitutional obligations (per Article I, Section 8), as the Army NG & Air NG are really just reserve branches of the military, and are not citizen militias, as per the US constitution. That's another debate. And one that should be had.
But, I think practically speaking, local militias/neighborhood watches can work, and can effectively, efficiently replace the police system.
I'll start with education. My old high school in CT, not far from Sandy Hook, used to have a gun range in the basement, for the shooting team. They haven't had a shooting team in 30+ years. But they did. Kids should be taught in schools about firearms, and firearms safety. They should be taught basic EMT (emergency medical technician) practices. Instead of wasting time & tax dollars on multiple study halls and half the junk they waste time on in Phys. Ed., why not take that time to teach the kids these basic survival, self-defense and emergency response skills? Seriously, we used to play dodge-ball, and a silly game called 'speed-ball' in high school Phys. Ed. class. And while fun, non-professional kids games like that, for high schoolers, is a waste of time. We use the public education system we pay for, to teach kids how to become responsible, self-reliant citizens... I know, I know.
The way it work is, if you had an emergency, you'd pick up the phone and dial the Party-Line, which would alert the entire neighborhood. Most people would be trained and have varying levels of skill, but still have basic skills. Instead of minutes, neighbors can be there in seconds. This would also develop a greater sense of community. You'd still have hospitals, courts, and an elected Sheriff and his department to do the paperwork, for the courts. The public Library system can be used for individual basic forensics, like dusting for fingerprints, to gather evidence, to submit to the Sheriffs dept., to submit to the courts, to see if you have the evidence for the sheriff to deputize your small community militia, to arrest the perp. Only real victim crimes would actually be crimes, as the people themselves would be the enforcers of the law upon themselves.
Community centers could be used for the citizens to gather on weekends and practice their drills, discuss politics, eat & drink together, play sports, have fun, and be a community. The founding fathers also used beer and festivities as a way to attract people to participate in the militia. Every citizen would automatically be part of the militia. You would not be forced to do anything. It would simply be in your best interest.
I know this 'system' would not be perfect, and neither is what we have now, but the 'system' I described is what I believe the founders envisioned, and one that could work in today's modern age.