EQUIPPED FOR WAR: Dallas sniper Micah Xavier Johnson had body armor, rifle and handgun during cop killings — fellow Army reservists say ‘we all knew he was off’
– NY Daily News
“We all knew he was off, man, but no idea he was capable of that.”
“The sniper who shot 12 Dallas police officers at a Black Lives Matter protest — killing five — was identified Friday as a former Army reservist who was equipped for war.
Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, was wearing body armor and toting an SKS semi-automatic assault rifle and a handgun when he started picking off cops in downtown Dallas Thursday night, a law enforcement source told CBS News.
In his home, investigators found a massive cache of weapons — bomb-making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition and a personal journal of combat tactics, authorities said.
Johnson was well-trained in using the weapons of war. He served as a reservist for six years until 2015 and was deployed to Afghanistan between Nov. 2013 and July 2014, an Army spokeswoman told the Daily News.
He was a carpentry and masonry specialist, with a rank of private first class, and was awarded the Army Achievement Medal.
But he didn’t have an especially glowing reputation among members of his unit.
“We all knew he was a pervert cuz he got caught stealing girls panties but murdering cops is a different story,” Wells Newsome, a former bunkmate of Johnson’s, wrote on Facebook.
“You really never know what someone is capable of until it’s too late.”
Luis Canto, another fellow reservist, said Johnson had an erratic personality.
“We all knew he was off, man, but no idea he was capable of that,” Canto wrote on Facebook.
The cold-blooded cop assassinations carried out by Johnson, who had no criminal record or ties to terror groups, stunned his family members.
“I keep saying it’s not true,” Johnson’s sister Nicole said in a Facebook post. “My eyes hurt from crying. Y him??? And why was he downtown.”
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In light of his fellow reservists comments, we need to reflect on the 2nd Amendment which states:
Right to bear arms
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
From the DailyKos:
What is the mechanism by which “proper discipline and training” is provided to members of this militia? How well disciplined was Adam Lanza? James Holmes? Jared Loughner? Cho Seung Hui?
Until this so-called militia is being adequately regulated, the purported right of the people to keep and bear arms MUST be infringed. If it is not regulated (or infringed upon), such a militia actually undermines and threatens the security of the state.
…More here @ DailyKos: What Is a Well-regulated Militia?
“To determine the meaning of the Constitution, one must start with the words of the Constitution itself. If the meaning is plain, that meaning controls. To ascertain the meaning of the term “well regulated” as it was used in the Second Amendment, it is necessary to begin with the purpose of the Second Amendment itself. The overriding purpose of the Framers in guaranteeing the right of the people to keep and bear arms was as a check on the standing army, which the Constitution gave the Congress the power to “raise and support.”
…Read more @ Lectlaw.com
– from the comments section: “A restrictive phrase like “well-regulated” has to be understood in historical context. What the framers did not want was armed unruly mobs who can’t shoot straight or who don’t know what to shoot at. They also didn’t want men who would not respond to a call-up or not know where to go or what to do. The problem was usually solved by having the militia units elect their commanders, then having those commanders issue regular training call-ups and organize them into teams, train them, make sure that if the threat is a criminal, that the criminal is arrested and held for trial and not just summarily executed.
Having militia units also regulated by statute or ordinance or by state-issued instruction manuals is one form of regulation, but keep in mind that the militia that initially fought the War of Independence were not organized or commanded by state-authorities, because at that time state governors were appointed by the Crown. It was only after independence and state authorities began to be elected that one could contemplate regulation by the state.
But the Second Amendment also contemplates defending the freedom of the state from an oppressive union government, not just some foreign invader.
By the way, in those days the word “state” meant a community of people in exclusive possession of a well-defined territory, which might or might not have a legitimate government. So defending a free state could mean defending people from an oppressive state government.
During the War for Independence militia were the initial forces on the American side. It was militia who won at the Battle of Saratoga, which is what led the King of France to support the Americans. The Continental Army was composed of militiamen who enrolled for fixed terms of service, for pay, and while serving were expected to become well-trained. That was the contribution of Von Steuben, to train them to function as trained units that would stand and fight, move in an orderly manner, and execute planned maneuvers.”
…Read more @ www.constitution.org