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Old 08-30-2019, 12:31 PM
Abatis is offline
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Originally Posted by Czarcasm View Post
This seems to be a different definition of "militia" than "the whole people, except a few public officers". I might go so far as to opine that "the whole people, except a few public officers" do not fall under any definition of "well regulated militia" that I can think of.
In the Militia act of 1792, elected officials, postmen, judges and many other public officers are all exempted from any militia obligation:
"And be it further enacted, That the Vice-President of the United States, the Officers, judicial and executives, of the government of the United States; the members of both houses of Congress, and their respective officers; all custom house officers, with the clerks; all post officers, and stage-drivers who are employed in the care and conveyance of the mail of the post office of the United States; all Ferrymen employed at any ferry on the post road; all inspectors of exports; all pilots, all mariners actually employed in the sea service of any citizen or merchant within the United States; and all persons who now are or may be hereafter exempted by the laws of the respective states, shall be and are hereby exempted from militia duty, notwithstanding their being above the age of eighteen and under the age of forty-five years."

Last edited by Abatis; 08-30-2019 at 12:31 PM.