The Enemy Is Us

In his little piece [“Bullet Points,” June], Oliver Tuanis closes by saying, “Presumably, the state will be around sometime later to sign you up for the ‘well regulated’ militia.” Mr. Tuanis may be surprised to know that he’s probably already “signed up,” as are a lot of your readers. According to the United States Code, 10USC311(a), “The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.” Recent laws and court decisions would probably mean that membership actually extends to all women, not just National Guard members. So, there’s no need to wait for anybody to come around to sign you up. Pretty neat, don’t you think?
Robert Hyman
St. Paul