The right to bear arms is unequivocally stated in the Virginia Constitution and should have been the model for the 2nd amendment. The beauty and brilliance of the Virginia Constitution is that it combines three points in one clause:
- No standing army
[and instead we have]
- A militia of the people
- The people must be armed, with all manner of weapons a standing army would have
Here how the Virginia Constitution brilliantly makes that clear:
Article I. Bill of Rights
Section 13. Militia; standing armies; military subordinate to civil power
That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.
Notice how the title emphasizes key points:
“Militia; standing armies; military subordinate to civil power”
Some people claim the National Guard is the militia. This is false as the National Guard is organized, funded, and managed by the state government, and possibly even the federal/contract government. The National Guard is a standing army and, as stated above, “should be avoided as dangerous to liberty.”
Whereas the militia is farmers, coders, welders, and the whole lot of the people. The militia is a weekend-gig for people. It’s the eagle scouts times 10.
I like how the passage above says the militia is needed for the “safe defense of a free state”.
Not just defense of the state.
But specifically defense of a free state.
Where is the militia of Virginia? Nowhere as far as I can tell. Maybe the U.S. Marshalls can give some guidance on getting it going. We really all need to learn about the militia and give notice to the policy force and the corporate state government, and put in on the record, that we’re getting the band back together, and by band, I mean the militia, while also well-regulated by the Virginia government, once we confirm it’s in session.
Recently, Joe: Biden, President of the Territories (United States), said that the 2nd amendment is worthless because if government agents are coming for you, they will show up with F16s. Yes, this is why we not only need the second amendment restriction on the federal/contract government, but we also need to not have a standing army, and we need a militia, “composed of the body of the people”, in each of the free states.
Looks like George Mason and James Madison were the primary authors of the Virginia Constitution. Bravo to them.
I expect the entire Virginia Constitution is well worth a read.
In the comments, please add thy state’s constitutional clause about the right to bear arms.