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    • Citizen militia members of the time typically did not own personal canon, swords or bayonets. They did not own many of the weapons (or shot) that most of the military used or had access to. The Founding Fathers could never envision the proliferation and variety of weapons available today.Their intent was to allow the people to defend themselves and rise up to meet any challenge from an opposing foreign power or government (even our own). They did not mean for the right to bear arms to be equal to that of the military, per se. Which is why the 2nd Amendment reads in full "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." This does not mean that the people have the right to have the same weapons as the military. 
    • I was not involved in OA as a Scout, and I am just now becoming familiar with OA as a Scoutmaster. Our troop recently conducted our first OA election with four candidates elected. I am also qualified with the required camping nights, but the lodge representatives said I did not need to be included on the ballot. Just to become more knowledgeable about OA, I feel like I (or some other adult leader in our troop) should go through the ordeal and become involved if I am sending off some of my Scouts. For lack of information, I am a bit apprehensive. Blind are leading the blind right now when it comes to OA.  
    • The COR is what they choose to be. They can be a paper official,  or take an active role, be there to help make decisions.  "Offishully"  , the COR and IH decide and approve who is and who is not the Unit Leaders.  It is their signature on the appointments and applications, yes? When  Chicago Council set about disassembling their camps, it was the volunteers that got the Council Voting Members (the CORs) together and embarrassed the Chicago Council leaders AND National, who thought they had a slam dunk in selling off all the camps.  Owasippee is still there, thanks to the CORs who got together and voted their votes, finally, and made the stink and reminded the County Boards who should be in charge.   Lots of discussion on Scouter.com about it.    AND   https://www.michigan-sportsman.com/forum/threads/owasippe-scout-property-in-jeopardy.90741/
    • I'll start by saying I don't personally own any sort of 'AR' and I don't think that anyone really needs one.  I see them as a macho kindof thing.... like owning a pit bull dog when their are much better breeds available. BUT I disagree with your statement.  I think it IS EXACTLY what they meant. Think about the context of what these people had just done.  With privately owned weaponry...muskets mostly that at the time were state of the art.... they overthrew an oppressive power.  I think they wanted folks to not get themselves into the very same situation that England itself did many years later in the late 1930's....faced a blitzkrieg and very few households guns....and definitely NOT state of the art ones.... on hand to defend their homeland with. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_American_Committee_for_the_Defense_of_British_Homes I tell you what, I think those guys (Founding Fathers, generally) could see into the future and the more I've learned and read about them over the years I'm often amazed by their foresight.  I am very cautious now to ever second guess them....
    •   No, I meant Boy Scouts..... Regular old Boy Scout Troop stuff..... so much classroom type stuff happens and so little adventure. I meant that what I know about venturing.... youth led groups doing fun stuff.....is what a regular troop SHOULD (IMHO) be doing....
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