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Do Gun Control Laws Control Guns?

eddie again Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 4:26 PM
truly, if an american is being paid by the government to learn how to and to actually wage war, that person is not a member of the militia. i.e. the national guard has nothing to do with well-regulated militia.
olerocker/bluesman Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 5:03 PM
1. The reserves report to the US prez.......2 The National Guard reports to the governor of the state they are in, in cases of emergencies, floods, tornados ect......BUT they also report to the prez. in case of troops needed for civil unrest and war......they are in no way shape any part of a milita....been there done it.......the milita is made up of citizens and we have several groups made up as we speak as I understand it......lock and load.
Luscious Lars Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 5:19 PM
Well, actually, the National Guard is part of the "organized" militia, according to the militia act. Now, when the 2nd Amendment was authored, there was no such thing as a national guard, so the founders were referring to citizens, who were to come forth when summoned, bearing their own arms which were in common use AT THE TIME. AR's and AK's are in very common use at THIS time. Obama and the gun control crowd just made them even more common by driving up the sales of AR's and AK's. The militia is composed of two parts, the organized and the unorganized militia. The unorganized militia is all people between the ages of 17 and 45 who are not part of the military or the organized militia (National Guard).
Luscious Lars Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 5:22 PM
The National Guard belongs, ultimately, to the federal government, and not to the states. The Supreme Court made that determination in US vs. Perpich, where the governor of Minnesota at the time, Rudy Perpich, tried to stop the feds from using the Minnesota National Guard in foreign entanglements. He lost. The state can use the National Guard at the Governors request when they are not in the service of the federal government. But the feds have the ultimate control of the NG, as decided by the USSC.
Jay Wye Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 6:41 PM
Guess who chooses the officers of the National Guard? the US military.
Guess who controls their weapons,particularly the major weapons systems? the US military.
that makes them a Reserve Component of the Regular military,not a true militia.
The gun control controversy is only the latest of many issues to be debated almost solely in terms of fixed preconceptions, with little or no examination of hard facts.

Media discussions of gun control are dominated by two factors: the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment. But the over-riding factual question is whether gun control laws actually reduce gun crimes in general or murder rates in particular.

If, as gun control advocates claim, gun control laws really do control guns and save lives, there is nothing to prevent repealing the Second Amendment, any more than there was anything to prevent repealing the...