Hi, I'm just the FNG and am late to the conversation, but this thread was one of the real reasons I wanted to sign on here and discuss the topic. This is just my opinion and that along with a couple of bucks will buy you a cup of coffee in most restaurants in America. Keep that in mind.
IMO, we do not need Congress to expand the militia statutes. There is a two-fold reason:
Civil rights legislation did away with age discrimination, so the militia cannot discriminate based on age
The Heller decision of 2008 ruled that individuals have a Right to keep and bear Arms for individual self defense
Alexander Hamilton began to realize the near impossibility of getting the militia to muster a mere two times a year so I think that is what compelled him to say:
"Little more can reasonably be aimed at, with respect to the people at large, than to have them properly armed and equipped; and in order to see that this be not neglected, it will be necessary to assemble them once or twice in the course of a year" (Federalist Papers)
In all reality we cannot assemble the people to muster, so we must do what we can to make sure that society is properly armed. I defer to Patrick Henry on this:
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined...The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.: -Patrick Henry.
The people are the militia. We are the unorganized militia, not the organized militia. That does not mean that we should be disorganized. If we seek our validation and existence on the basis of statutes, we remain under the control of the government. Unfortunately, there are at least two separate governments in the United States:
1) The de jure, lawful, constitutional Republic as envisioned by the founders and framers and
2) The de facto, unlawful, illegal, and unconstitutional government emanating out of Washington Wonderland, District of Corruption
The challenge before us is to retain Liberty and enforce the guarantee of those Rights that pre-existed before the government was formed and avoid becoming subject to an illegal government that would outlaw your weapons and jail anyone that opposes an outlaw government that has perverted the Constitution. A man cannot serve two masters. How we approach this dilemma requires a lot of discussion and thought.
All members in Mercer County, WV please answer here. Please give your name and specific location. Add your past experience if your are comfortable doing so. But we need your location in order to organize members specific to location for the possibilities of forming new militias.