Islamic terrorism on U.S. soil will continue being a threat for the foreseeable future. One of the solutions to countering this is for each of the 50 American states (along with American territories) to have an armed citizenry that also functions as a militia.
The Heritage Foundation published a report on the value of militias (or state defense forces) in 2010. That report (“The 21st-Century Militia: State Defense Forces and Homeland Security”) remains as on-target today as it was then. Interested citizens and policymakers should read it for details on militias.
In addition to that, here are a few talking points that show how crucial state militias can be in helping to prevent or curb further Islamic terrorist attacks, and how crucial they can be to states in general.
- Government first responders often arrive on scene after terrorists inflict severe damage. An armed and trained citizenry will fill this gap and provide a crucial defense against future attacks.
- Militias strengthen states and local communities by bringing people together and having them work as a unit. Additionally, they give people a purpose and encourage them to stay more engaged with contemporary issues.
- Militias are not solely for terrorism. States can use them to fill other security gaps and even supplement other needs, such as acting in the place of (or in concert with) the National Guard during natural disasters or other emergencies.
- The Second Amendment of the Constitution acknowledges that American citizens have a God-given right to keep and bear arms. Additionally, it talks about the need for well-regulated militias. Reviving or expanding militias in the 21st century will help states and their people reconnect with a nearly forgotten portion of the Constitution.
- States that encourage their citizens to arm themselves will foster civic responsibility and also economic strength, as an increase in citizens purchasing firearms will result in an increase in the number of, and sustainability of, firearm and firearm training businesses.
- States that encourage their citizens to arm themselves will help in the overall defense of all of the U.S.A., as they will be increasing the pool of potential recruits for the armed forces or other defense or national security institutions that need knowledgeable and enthusiastic people who know how to use firearms.
- As a bipartisan measure, only those people who register and/or vote for Republicans (or other candidates leaning in a more conservative direction) will be authorized to be part of a militia. This will satisfy Democrats and other progressives who strongly oppose being armed. Each state can pass legislation that prohibits Democrats and other progressives from being armed so as to keep them from violating their consciences.