One of our illustrious Supreme Court justices was reported to have remarked that since the militia no longer exists, we don't have to consider them in our deliberations over the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution.

Let me point out that in Utah, as in all 50 states, the militia is defined by the State Constitution. In Utah, its Article XV: Section 1. The militia shall consist of all able-bodied male inhabitants of the State, between the ages of eighteen and forty-five years, except such as are exempted by law. Sec. 2. (Organization and equipment.) The Legislature shall provide by law for the organization, equipment and discipline of the militia, which shall conform as nearly as practicable to the regulations for the government of the armies of the United States.

Where's our Utah militia? It certainly is not the National Guard. Just because our government officials fail to do what their oath requires does not mean the militia no longer exists.

Jim Barrus

Salt Lake City