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Thread: The Maryland Minute Men of 1942: Armed citizens summoned to homeland defense

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    The Maryland Minute Men of 1942: Armed citizens summoned to homeland defense

    Dave Kopel: With the Army and the National Guard busy overseas, homeland defense was the responsibility of the rest of the American public. On March 10, 1942, Maryland’s Democratic governor, Herbert O’Conor, called forth the militia of Maryland. In a radio address to the People of the State, O’Conor called for the creation of the Maryland Minute Men. They would provide “local protection against parachute troops, saboteurs, or organized raiding parties” — attacks that might be assisted by “by enemy sympathizers within our State.” (The full text of the speech is reproduced at the end of this post.)
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    Section. 4.

    The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.

    Art IV, Sec. 4, US Const.

    Its solely the responsibility of the US Gov't to protect the homeland against invasion.

    Sorry governor, your establishment of a state organized and supervised force to repel paratroopers is not authorized.

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