It is somewhat nice to see that Michael Bellesiles still has followers who have no problem lying for Gun Control.
“a world where every white American male served in the military for his entire adult life”
Not so fast Sparky. Not every White American served. First, the concept of conscription in Colonial/Independence times existed but it probably covered under 5% of the soldiers fighting, the rest were volunteers and yes, militia. Second, certain religious groups like the Quakers were exempted from Military service for religious reasons as it went against their teachings and Catholics were forbidden to even be armed because it was thought they were untrustworthy papists that sided with England. But even before the war, it was a voluntary thing to join the Militia rather than going active in the British Army. The Militia was a local entity self-tasked in many occasions with the defense of the town against enemies may them be Indians or the criminal element of the time as there was no police or constabulary in the “modern” sense: they were tax collector or paper servers with literally very powers. It is not till 1823 with the creation of the Texas Rangers a true Law Enforcement establishment is created.
So the concept of Militia existed and exists to cover for the lack of presence of an organized governmental protection service. If you frown at the word exists, let me give you an example: Natural Disaster happens in your area and people decide to come together for the defense of the neighborhood until things get back to normal? That is Militia.
So the idea that the Militia is dead (“When the militia evaporated, so did the original meaning of the Second Amendment“) is nothing more than wishful thinking on the part of Gun Control Activists.
“where those citizen soldiers bought their own military weapons and stored them at home”
I had to laugh at this one. Back then, no self-respecting gun owner would be caught with the “military weapon” of the time, the Brown Bess as it was an inaccurate musket compared with the civilian long guns of the time. And they were not “stored at home” but carried while traveling or kept handy in case of need for self-defense or hunting. What made gun earn the term “military’? The addition of a bayonet. Historical records tell us that the immense majority of volunteers & Militia men had very good weapons but did not have bayonets as they were a military affection for the battlefield which prompted the Continental Congress and other local governments to buy bayonets for the already armed volunteers. Close combat warfare was usually done by Militia Men (once the shot was fired) via long knives and tomahawks.
If anything, the concept of Militia is alive, well and still very much valid. It is hated because it declares its lack of dependency from a central government and proves to be an efficient way to curb the maladies of evil people. It is the basic community organization and that would make us gun owners, community organizers.
And a million Lib Progs’ brains just exploded 😀