Mr. Valenzuela

Civics – Extra Credit on 2nd Amendment & Militias

Watch the videos below on some of the history of the 2nd Amendment and militias and how they operated before and during the American Revolutionary War. When you are finished, answer the reflection questions (in 1-2 COMPLETE SENTENCES) by clicking on "Comment" and typing your answers (or you can email your answers).

These questions are due by Friday January 20, 2012.

1. What was the difference between a member of the militia and a minuteman?
2. At what age did a colonial teenager receive his first musket and how much was the musket worth in today's terms?
3. Why was a musket so in-accurate?
4. How did children help prepare the ammunition at home during the American Revolution?
5. What embarrassing mistake did some soldiers make when loading the musket in battle?
6. Reflect - Why do you think militias were so important to the colonies? Do you think that we still need militias (like the National Guard) today? Why or why not?


Watch Part 2 here

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  1. 1.) Militia are different from minutemen because Militia are just any man from 16-60 who seldom train, while minutemen are the best fighters, carry their muskets everywhere and train more often.

    2.) A colonial teenager would obtain his first musket at 16. It would be worth a good used car in today’s terms.

    3.) Muskets were very inaccurate because unlike rifles, when the musket ball if traveling through the barrel, it wobbles and bounced, reducing it’s accuracy.

    4.) Children helped prepare ammunition by rolling tubes of paper up and filling them with gun powder and a musket ball.

    5.) Militias were important back then because the colonies needed some sort of protection, just in case. However, today, I don’t think that we need militias. Towns and counties don’t get in random wars like the colonies use to, and there is simpler ways to settle disputes. Even if violence is needed, there is the police and military, depending on the severity of the situation.

  2. Number 5 above is number 6. This is my answer to 5:

    5.) Soldiers would accidentally shoot their ram rod. This was a problem because without the ram rod, the soldier wouldn’t be able to reload his musket.

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