That each and every free able-bodied white male citizen of the respective States, resident therein, who is or shall be of age of eighteen years, and under the age of forty-five years (except as is herein after excepted) shall severally and respectively be enrolled in the militia
... every citizen, so enrolled and notified, shall, within six months thereafter, provide himself with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch, with a box therein, to contain not less than twenty four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball; or with a good rifle, knapsack, shot-pouch, and powder-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder;and further:
... and that from and after five years from the passing of this Act, all muskets from arming the militia as is herein required, shall be of bores sufficient for balls of the eighteenth part of a pound; and every citizen so enrolled, and providing himself with the arms, ammunition and accoutrements, required as aforesaid, shall hold the same exempted from all suits, distresses, executions or sales, for debt or for the payment of taxes.So not only does the law in effect at the time of the adoption of the Constitution require ALL able men to participate in the militia, it also requires them to acquire arms and ammunition, and it excempts those arms and ammunition from confiscation for payment of debts or taxes.
So if a gun-grabber brings up the Militia, ask them if they know about the requirement and exemption clauses. Their eyes may just pop out of their heads. If they don't go ahead and bring up the beneficts of registration.
According to the Census Bureau, there are 55 million men of age who would be required to join the militia, arm themselves and be ready to defend our home soil at any time. As the military draws from the same age pool, subtracting the 1.4 million members of the military means our militia should be 53.6 million strong.
Recall that according the Supreme Court (DC vs Heller p.8): “The Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding”, so go out and get yourself an AR15 now, as duty requires. :)