Constitutionally?As for the job of the militia, what is that job?
To repel invasion
To quash insurrection
To enforce the laws of the state/Republic
To assist/resist the standing army in all of the above, as necessary.
Hmm.If the job is to have the capability to overthrow the government, as the framers intended, I'm afraid that ship already sailed. The real power of the military is no longer soldiers and the weapons they carry, it's the 'ordinance' as we've been calling it- bombers, cruise missles, aircraft carriers, attack helicopters, satellite imagry, etc.
How then did we lose the war in Iraq, and are about to do so in Afghanistan?
And, what does this have to do with the idea that all firearms are considered 'arms'?