Voices
February 21, 2013 Issue

LETTERS


What you don’t know about militias

Dear Editor:

There is a lot of talk today about reviving the idea from a few decades ago to ban some of the guns held by U.S. citizens. Remember those days in the ’70s and ’80s? Gun control became a hot-button political topic, complete with rants from the left and accompanying news stories from their faithful minions in the media. But the push withered away. A few decades later, it’s back.

Make no mistake. If your government starts with taking semi-automatic rifles, that move will be only the first step. It will be followed eventually by cries to remove long rifles and shotguns, then handguns. The end game in the minds of some of our so-called leaders and their controllers, I believe, is to have the citizenry disarmed. The reasons for such a posture are not the topic of this column.

 

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A part of the conversation from gun control advocates, both now and in past decades, deals with their assertion that today’s America is different from the days that lead to the inclusion of the 2nd Amendment. Guns were in the hands of the various militia groups that dotted the American landscape. And those days have changed, gun control advocates insist.

OK, let’s think about that. In those days the firearm was propped next to the cabin door and was the means of protection for the family. Years passed and the American Revolution arrived. I think it’s safe to say that, when the call to arms came, many of those responding grabbed the gun propped against the cabin wall, left their families behind and went to fight for their freedom.

There were no National Guard armories that stockpiled weapons in those days. You took your own weapon or you went empty-handed. The militias consisted of groups of people in very small geographic areas who banded together to fight. Those geographic areas were called militia districts.

But that was then and this is now, say the gun control advocates. But that’s not true, at least in Georgia, because militia districts are still around. But there’s more.

“But although the organized Georgia Militia is dead, the Georgia Militia Districts are very much alive and enter daily into the activities of all of our citizens in anything connected with (1) the territorial jurisdiction of Justice of the Peace Courts; (2) the boundaries of election districts; (3) the return of property for taxation; (4) stock and fence laws; (5) the conveyancing of land in headright counties; and (6) in all other circumstances specifically referred to in the laws of the Senate as presently codified,” according to Ga. Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s website. (http://sos.georgia.gov/archives/what_do_we_have/GeorgiaMilitiaDistricts.htm)

Militia districts in Georgia were formed in 1755. Today’s Fayette County, for example, still comprises nine militia districts, and Coweta County comprises 14.

The legal stance on Georgia militias goes on to say that, “The 1910 Code omitted all references to the Militia as a military force. It is true that the Act of Aug. 21, 1916 (Chap 86-2 of the 1933 Code) and the Act of Feb. 19, 1951 (Chap. 86-1 of the 1933 Code Supplement) contain references to the unorganized Militia, but it is obvious that they are included only to provide for a reservoir of manpower who could be made subject to the draft and duty in the defense of the State in emergencies of the gravest nature.

Technically, every citizen of the State, between the ages of 17 and 45, who is not a member of the National Guard or other organized military force, is today a member of the unorganized Georgia Militia in the Militia District in which he resides.”

I hope you read that carefully. The legal opinion said a “reservoir of manpower” for “defense of the state in emergencies of the gravest nature.”

I don’t know about you, but I believe an attempt by the federal government to take our weapons would constitute a grave emergency. For without a forceful means to protect our families what are we supposed to do when the criminals show up or when the jack-boots kick our door in? Use harsh language?

But what about the other states, the other counties? Can you imagine Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (Phoenix, Ariz.) or a host of other sheriffs holding constitutional office across America bending to the will of a federal government that has been out of control for decades?

Maybe the feds will try an end-run by sending in the troops to take selected sheriffs and deputies into custody to make an example and frighten the citizens of the targeted counties into submission – with the hope of creating nationwide domino effect. Or maybe federal funds will be cut from those local governments in an attempt to force submission.

Bottom line, I believe that in the absence of a sufficient means of fear and intimidation to compel us to give up our guns (such as successfully using targeted communities to set an example and gain our compliance) there is little hope of the feds getting their way, regardless of any Executive Order or Presidential Decision Directive that may be issued.

But if an attempt is made, we’ll see the extent to which “We the People” have any revolutionary spirit left flowing in our veins. What our controllers are counting on, I believe, is that Jefferson’s “tree of liberty” has long since withered on the vine.

Ben Nelms
Peachtree City




Clements defends his statements on guns

Once again my friend, Mr. D, has exposed himself for what he is very good at, challenging all letter writers and Soapboxers on why his detailed explanation of how he is always right and we/they are always wrong and he knows best.

Apparently it is OK for him to be wrong and misquote others but that, in his mind, applies to him only. A prime example is the way he misquoted me and told outright lies regarding my letter of Jan. 24. My suggestion is to take copies of my Jan. 24 letter and his response dated Jan. 31 and read what I actually wrote and Mr. D’s interpretation of what I wrote. I won’t take up the space here by including both of our entire articles but some attention grabbing highlights include his substituting the word “gun” for my use of the word “rifle”(The FBI report says rifle) which allows him to carry on his “how great I are” and “how dumb y’all are.”

My letter was Jan. 24 and a very similar letter to the editor was included in the Feb. 2 issue of The Augusta Chronicle by Michael V. Gregory. I mention this because if I am wrong and Mr. D is right it would be prudent for Mr. D to correct Mr. Gregory by pointing out the “lies—all lies” that Mr. D pointed out in my letter regarding FBI reports that hammers and clubs were the weapons of choice over rifles (democrats want to abolish rifles) by a 3 to 2 margin when committing murders in our country.

Both our letters stated that it was an FBI report (readers will note that I included information on how to contact the sources I used) noted that “More people are killed with hammers and clubs than by rifles.” Of course Mr. D couldn’t wait long enough to read and understand my entire letter so he jumped the gun by accusing me of trying to be funny and also included lies insinuating that I had inferred that hammers and clubs were used in mass killings such as the 20 young students and several adults in Connecticut. That outright lie was his lead-in comment in his Jan. 31 letter but apparently his “bull-in-the-china shop” ego wasn’t satisfied with that because he rambled on with “Was he joking? I really want to know.” Maybe he should check with Mr. Gregory to see if he too referred to a valid source of reports by the FBI or maybe he wanted to be “funny.”

Had he bothered to actually research, read and comprehend English (as he so often recommends to others, research would have been easy because I furnished the connection for all readers. All Mr. D had to do was go to that site) he wouldn’t be asking such dumb questions.

His tirades include many more items he is misrepresenting and can only be classified as lies because he has demonstrated that he has the ability/talent, etc. to do better. I also recommend that all those interested readers get a copy of Mr. D’s Feb. 14 letter which indicates that everything in my letter of Jan. 31 was all lies-every word.

Many of you will recall from media sources, reporting at the time following such occurences, addressed these subjects that some, if not all, those referred to in my five notations were indeed identified as democrats, socialist, too young to vote, Muslims, writing bad things to those in the Bush administration, occupy Wall Street participants, stolen guns, disliked Christians and were not members of the NRA to name a few of the items Mr. D’s letter identified in it’s entirety as lies-all lies!

I am a lifetime member of the NRA and have never heard of NRA masquerading as Military.com. He tries to further gloss over his stuff by repeating parts of my comments as his own, such as hugging your family while they are still with us, which I specifically covered in my Jan. 24 as I did in trying to alert everybody on how to prepare for the possibility of having to use a gun and no knowing applicable laws/rights. I wonder if Mr. D critiques many other newspapers or media sources or if he is satisfied with dominating the editorial pages of a rural, low population area.

This may sound a little radical to some but when you get called a liar numerous times by someone that is presenting himself as our role model yet lies repeatedly in his offerings to a newspaper and even shortcuts that by just classifying an entire letter as lies-all lies, he has exposed himself as one who apparently thinks readers in this rural area are too stupid to read and comprehend his contributions.

As noted above, I know Mr. D is very capable of discussing many, many subjects intelligently so it isn’t stupidity but the fact that he has grown careless and/or has underestimated the knowledge and intelligence of the readers of this paper.

Something I definitely agree with him on is, “if you read something from another source, fact check it first before you add to it and send it in.”

Perhaps he never saw the media coverage following such events and based his lies and accusations accordingly. I will try harder to provide accurate references so that both he and the readers of this paper can share in what was covered by the media even though it is not officially stored in some reference category in the future, as will he, I am sure!


Robert Clements


 


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