But although the militia survives in vestigial form in the statute books, as a functional institution, it no longer exists. For law enforcement, the militia has been replaced by professional police, with SWAT teams, armored vehicles and Nomex coveralls; for military purposes, the militia has been replaced by the National Guard, which despite a thin patina of state control is fundamentally a federal military force.That's a pleasant observation, but I would remind the professor that true militias sprang up in Louisiana during the twin disaster of Katrina and Rita. Citizen militias formed in places where the government could not reach, to protect life and property. Militias aren't quite dead yet, although the government wishes they would die.
Still, the professor asks some interesting questions. Go to the link for the whole article.