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25. Re: Morning Safety Dance Feb 1, 2013, 16:37 jdreyer
 
InBlack wrote on Feb 1, 2013, 10:52:

WAKE THE FUCK UP? Do you really think that handguns and rifles will protect you from armored APCs, gunship helicopters, micro drones, tanks, and the whole combined might of the US military if push comes to shove???

This, but there's an even deeper, darker secret behind the second amendment. It really had nothing to do with creating citizen-soldiers to fight foreign invaders (and the founders never imagined "government tyranny"), and every thing to do with fighting slave insurrections:

Payton explained that the founders added the Second Amendment in part to reassure southern states, such as Virginia, that the federal government wouldn’t use its new power to disarm state militias as a backdoor way of abolishing slavery.

This is pretty well-documented history, thanks to the work of Roger Williams School of Law professor Carl T. Bogus. In a 1998 law-review article based on a close analysis of James Madison’s original writings, Bogus explained the South’s obsession with militias during the ratification fights over the Constitution. “The militia remained the principal means of protecting the social order and preserving white control over an enormous black population,” Bogus writes. “Anything that might weaken this system presented the gravest of threats.” He goes on to document how anti-Federalists Patrick Henry and George Mason used the fear of slave rebellions as a way of drumming up opposition to the Constitution and how Madison eventually deployed the promise of the Second Amendment to placate Virginians and win their support for ratification.

This comment was edited on Feb 1, 2013, 16:46.
 
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