I am more familiar with colonial Massachusetts Bay Colony history than any of the other colonies, but given the key role it played in the Revolution and afterwards in the formation of the Constitution, I thought it worth commenting on the term “Militia”. In colonial days each Town had its own militia independent of Mass. Bay Colony control. The men elected their own leaders which was culturally appropriate consistent with the Town Meeting form of govt. that still exists to this day. Leading up to the revolution participation was required for all able bodied men age 16 to 60. Each was required to provide their own rifle and ammo, though if someone was too poor the Town would provide one. Though independent of each other and of Colony control, they did voluntarily coordinate with other militias as was brilliantly evident when the British marched on Lexington and Concord in 1775. The key point here is that all men were considered to be part of the militia and more importantly, the militias were not under Colony/State control in the period leading up to the Revolution. These days the hysterical left tries to equate the term Militia with the modern day National Guard. Back then militias represented the people at a Town level. Now the National Guard represents the govt. at the State level, and increasingly at the Federal level.