when our State needs them most. The police
whether Federal,State, or local
do not provide adequate security, either. Bydesign, theirs is mainly a reactive role, consisting generallyof analyzing the crime scene, and capturing the criminal.
The solution for Florida’s security is revitalization of
the Constitutional State Militia in Florida. This would be
similar in some respects to the ‘State Defense Forces’ of about
twenty other States.
However, State Defense Forces are createdunder the Constitutional provision that States may raise troopswith
The Militia is also not the same as theNational Guard, which is created by the Congressional authorityto raise armies.
State Militias antedate
and are recognized(not created) by the Constitution.
Historically, the institutionof the Militia, i.e. a citizenry armed and organized for
http://statedefenseforce.com/database/about-the-sdf/faq/(accessed November 24, 2012).
U.S. Constitution, art. 1, sec. 10, cl. 3.
Army National Guard, “Legal Basis of the National Guard,”
http://www.arng.army.mil,http://www.arng.army.mil/aboutus/history/Pages/ConstitutionalCharteroftheGuard.aspx (accessed November 24, 2012).
The Rise of the National Guard: The Evolution of the American Militia
, ed. Mark Grimsley and Peter Maslowski(Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1997), 1.
U.S. Constitution, art. 1, sec. 8, cl. 15.