HOW THE PRESIDENT CAN SUPPRESS SCHOOL SHOOTINGS
by Edwin Vieira, Jr.
From Stewart Rhodes:
In this excellent paper, Dr. Edwin Vieira lays out the very clear constitutional powers of the President, as Commander in Chief, to call forth the militia of we the people into service to execute the laws of the Union. While Dr. Vieira is here focused on calling forth the “unorganized militia” as defined in current federal law, keep in mind that the same clear power also applies to the “organized militia” which is the National Guard, as defined by current federal statutes. Both are part of the militia, and both may be called into service by the President, and in fact, MUST be called into service by President Trump to address the current crisis situation of school shootings. President Trump must call forth ALL of the militia of the several states, and that means the National Guard and the rest of us. All of us.
Last Friday, when I called on President Trump to call the National Guard into federal service to protect schools, I caught flak from some readers who accused me of wanting to use the military in the schools instead of the militia. Face palm. The National Guard IS PART OF THE MILITIA. Yes, it is a “select militia” since it is not made up of all the able bodied citizens of military age, but it is still part of the militia. The rest of the militia is us. But we are truly “unorganized” so while we get organized, what is wrong with President Trump calling forth that part of the militia which is already organized? Nothing. Consider that an emergency stop-gap to augment local LEOs with some boots on the ground, now, and then we can get the “unorganized” militia fully organized and trained. We military and police veterans are a pool of trained Americans who can serve as the second wave, if called up by the President to serve, coming in behind the National Guard to protect the schools and to assist in the training of the third, and final wave, which would be the school staff and teachers themselves.
I have had extensive conversations with Dr. Vieira over the years on the necessity of a full revitalization of the militia system in this nation, and that revitalization has always been the stated goal of Oath Keepers and of our CPT program. In fact, that is the central point of that program – to walk, step by step, toward a full revitalization of the militia system (which would be officially sanctioned, organized and trained militia in each town, county, and state). As I have said many times, a full revitalization of the militia system in this nation truly is necessary for the security of a free state, because you won’t be either secure or free without it. And we are seeing that played out in real time right before our eyes. “Gun free school zones” only lead to more dead children, teachers, and staff, and the only lasting, long term solution is for the teachers and staff to be armed and trained, AS THE MILITIA, to defend the children. Nothing else will work, because those are the people who will always be present in the school (augmented by parents and local military and police veterans who are willing to serve as committed volunteers). It works in Israel, where the teachers and staff have been armed for decades.
The current lack of a true militia made up of all able bodied citizens, organized into units and trained, is causing this insecurity and vulnerability to public mass shootings. That is directly leading to a loss of freedom as anti-gun domestic enemies of the Constitution capitalize on that insecurity to push for even more restrictions on the right of the people to bear arms.
President Trump must take decisive action now, to fix this problem, and Dr. Vieira’s excellent paper lays out in detail what he can do, and why he has not just the clearly granted constitutional power to do so, but also the duty to do so. Take the time to read it, understand it, and then lend your voice to calling on President Trump to do it. Now is the time.