The Militia needs to be reorganized.
The current "National
Guard, armed and paid for by Uncle Sam" and "Completely Unorganized
Militia" system, has serious weaknesses. The National Guard is more akin
in practice to the Army Reserve than they are to an organized militia,
and the unorganized militia would rely upon "quantity has a quality all
of its own" to achieve anything. Thus I propose that we establish a drilling militia, paid for and equipped by militia members, as follows:
1. Allow people to deduct taxes from voluntary militia drill time. Any
time spent practicing militia skills or repairing militia equipment
2. Allow the militia to pool their resources and
purchase military surplus weapons and equipment, to be owned by the
militia, not Uncle Sam. Also issue end user certificates to allow for
purchase of non-US produced weapons and equipment. All NFA items will be
permitted for militia service.
3. Create a higher tax deduction for
those with certain militia critical skills - Ham operators, medical
professionals of all stripes, mechanics, gunsmiths, prior military,
4. Expand and reorganize MARS and any similar groups in other hobbies
and fold them into the militia. Require all services to maintain
interoperability with MARS.
5. Create certain official militia
positions (not really officers, more lead specialist), to be filled by
methods determined by state legislatures. These positions should be
unpaid, tax deductible at the same rate as those skills noted in #2, and
shall be directly related to a militia critical skill. These officers
shall be strictly voluntary, but will have to meet certain minimum
equipment and time requirements (one weekend a month), or lose the
position. One of these positions shall be an administrator, to keep
track of drill time and issue proof of drill time for tax purposes.
Of course, I'm assuming that the NFA is still active in this scenario, even though the ability to pass this probably means the ability repeal the NFA.