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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sun Mar 18, 2012, 12:08 PM

10. They're usually done by state

The state can create them if there's a need (like a foreign invasion, occupation, or civil war).

Of course, this has been unnecessary for over 150 years. Ideally they would be used to support and fight with the US's Federal National Guard, if there was ever a need. Ever since 1903, there's also the "reserve militia," which consists of all men 17 to 45 years old (essentially, this would be the draft, and provides justification for it).

A big problem with militias, and why they're frowned upon, is the use of them as personal armies. This was a problem during the US Civil War. I don't know the specifics, but I believe they can only be formed officially by the state (to prevent them from being abused or turned against their own country).

Current day groups that call themselves "militias" are actually usually criminal organizations within the US. They usually keep to themselves (and are usually massive meth-heads).

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