But the National Guard is not the militia the Second Amendment is all about, and it is not the militia the Militia Act of 1792 is all about. The National Guard became the “Organized” Militia by legislative fiat in 1903, when the United States Congress bribed states with federal funds into keeping their Volunteer Regiments raised for the Spanish-American War in existance as part-time soldiers. The National Guard is a Reserve Component of the Federal armed forces
Is this important? Kinda. The word “militia” evokes a mental image in the mind of the 21st Century reader different from that envisioned by the Founders. Some perfectly good words change connotations over centuries. Read the Second Amendment and replace the word “regulated” with “drilled” or “trained” and you’ll see what I mean.
The militia envisoned by the Founders are quite different from the National Guard soldiers of today. National Guard soldiers are part-time Regulars. In an age of People’s Information War, that part of the people who might care to participate in a virtual militia should know the difference.