Saved by the Militia: Arming an Army Against Terrorism

[On 9/18/2001, I published a column commending our first victory in the global war against radical Islamic fascism. As we commemorate the horrific losses we suffered on 9/11/2001, we should also remember the victory we enjoyed that same day thanks to the “unorganized” militia of the United States. On this, the twentieth anniversary of that victory, I am reposting the version I posted in the 10th anniversary of 9/11, which was itself a sign of those times.] On this tenth anniversary of 9/11, I am in New York, staying at a hotel in Time Square. On the train to the City, dogs swept the train in Philly, and another K-9 team boarded in Newark to ride to Penn Station. Penn Station has a detachment of national guard with automatic weapons. Security here in Time Square is intense. All cars approaching the square are given a police lookover at check points. Trucks are given especially close attention. My guess is that, if there were any bad guys heading towards these targets, they turned tail. They are fearless only when attacking unarmed and defenseless people. But the police and military who are guarding us here tonight, for which I am grateful, cannot be everywhere at all times. With this in mind, I thought it would be appropriate to mark this day with one of my earliest op-eds on National Review Online — before I joined the Conspiracy — that I published on 9/18/2001: By Randy E. Barnett September 18, 2001 11:30 […]

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