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BILL OF RIGHTS That the great and essential principles of liberty and free government may be recognized and established, we declare that: Text as ratified on: August 3, 1891, and revised September 28, 1891. History: Not yet amended. (sic)
First: The right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties. …
Fifth: The right of acquiring and protecting property.
Sixth: The right of assembling together in a peaceable manner for their common good, and of applying to those invested with the power of government for redress of grievances or other proper purposes, by petition, address or remonstrance.
Seventh: The right to bear arms in defense of themselves and of the State, subject to the power of the General Assembly to enact laws to prevent persons from carrying concealed weapons. Text as ratified on: August 3, 1891, and revised September 28, 1891. History: Not yet amended. Free speech, right of, Const. 8; Religious freedom, right of, Const. 5. (sic) …
Continue to march! But why stop at a mere constitution.
(3) The Governor shall have the power to alter, divide, annex, disband or reorganize any organization of the Kentucky State Defense Force whenever in his judgment the efficiency of the state forces will thereby be increased, and he shall have power to change the organization so as to conform to the regulations now or hereafter prescribed by the laws of the United States for the organization of the National Guard or militia. History: Amended 1984 Ky. Acts ch. 414, sec. 47, effective July 13, 1984. -- Amended 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 108, sec. 10; and ch. 386, sec. 9. -- Amended 1962 Ky. Acts ch. 48, sec. 3. -- Created 1942 Ky. Acts ch. 4, secs. 1, 4, and 8. (sic)"
If I was the Commonwealth's Attorney General and I was going to defend the Statute, I would look for a really prominent Constitutional Law Professor--one nearing the end of his current job and one who thinks the legislature, or even the Governor, can just use a pencil and a telephone to change the Constitution to do the job. But if you want me, I'm there for you.
But, you say, that’s just Kentucky. Good point. Let's look at federal law:
(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.
So, let’s recap.
OK. Yes. Yes. No.
And they can only do that if they are armed--armed with the same kind of weapons as the Government's troops, just as the men at Lexington Green and Concord Bridge were armed with the same type of weapons as the Brown Bess--the M-16 of its day.