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Old 08-30-2019, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Shodan View Post
The Mason quote is from 1788. The Constitution was ratified in 1787. Do the math.
Sorry-I got it mixed up with a previous post from puddleglum in which he said:
Originally Posted by puddleglum View Post
Well regulated at the time meant something like "in good working order" and a militia was all of the adult males of a territory that could be called on to serve in times of war.
(bolding mine) 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.