Who is the Militia?
To the Editor:
The official United States Militia was established by Congress under the Calling Forth Act of 1792, but in 1775, at Lexington Green and Concord Bridge, American militiamen were already under arms defending freedom. 164,000 members of the Militia served under George Washington during the war. In 1824 the National Guard became a subset of The Militia. On April 15, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln invoked the Calling Forth Act of 1792 and ordered 75,000 militiamen into federal service.
Read the United States Code Title 10, passed by Congress on Jan. 21, 1903, to see confirmation of The Militia. (The Militia Act) The National Defense Act of 1916 firmly established the traditional concept of the citizens' army as the keystone of the United States defense forces.
Read Section 313, Title 32 (The Military Code) of the United States Code, and you will learn that United States citizens can be called to serve in the Militia from their 17th to 45th birthdays.
If these Militia members have been members of the Regular Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps, they can be called to serve in the Militia until they are 64.
Although illegal immigrants enjoy the benefits of our social system, they cannot be called to serve in our Militia because they are not citizens. Switzerland also uses a National Militia, and issues a military rifle to every male citizen.
During World War II the Japanese were reluctant to invade the United States because they knew many U.S. citizens were armed.
During the same war, U.S. citizens sent thousands of small arms to the English, who were facing invasion by the Germans.
Lloyd Kramer of Twain Harte is a person who needs serious enlightenment about who is a member of the United States Militia.