The sad fact is that most militias like the support they get from politicians who turn into despots and don't see the political danger until it is too late (if they ever do see it). Nazi Germany is probably the best (or is it worst?) example....R
....I have recently been informed that guns are not the problem and that fewer guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens means more crime. Everywhere they take guns away there's a spike in violent crime. When I pointed out that Australia had their first mass shooting in not 22 days but 22 years I was informed that other violent crime there more than makes up for fewer guns...
Guns make crime too easy for people who are mad, bad, drunk or drugged.
The "militia" in that case would be the Sturmabteilung or Brownshirts, not the Heer (army) or the Wehrmacht (armed forces in general).The Sturmabteilung were not well-regulated, and were purged, when Hitler viewed them as a threat to his political legitimacy, because of their reputation for thuggery.Unfortunately, the vacuum left was filled by the paramilitary Schutzstaffel, who carried out the purge.
I have recently been informed that guns are not the problem and that fewer guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens means more crime.
You were the one who brought up the example of post-WW1 Germany, I was merely indicating the flaws in your analogy.
...defend themselves from "officialdom" when it abuses its position...
And I stand by my analogy. The concept in the US Constitution is that the people should be able to defend themselves from "officialdom" when it abuses its position.That does not mean that I myself believe the right to bear arms is necessary or desirable....R
The Army that I served in and left coming on 40 years ago could easily pound rifle-armed "militias" down into the bedrock.
Hitler as Chancellor made the Brown Shirts as a populist organization under his direction. Then he made the Black Shirts and then had the Black Shirts murder the Brown Shirts who lost the mean dog show, what an embarrassment, fired! The Black Shirts became the SS.
And the relevance to the US Constitution is ... ?...R