The Second Amendment Should Have Been Abolished Along With Slavery

30 Jan
No one foresaw this kind of weapon back in 1789!

Nobody Saw This Coming In 1789

Since Colonial America, slavery and States’ Rights were issues that divided the men trying to form our government.  In 1789, the Constitution was ratified ultimately by adding The Bill of Rights to limit the power the elected government had over the people of the United States. The divisive issue of slavery was a bone of contention for anti-Federalists and slave owners like Patrick Henry and George Mason of Virginia. Both ardently pressed for the addition of explicit states rights and were opposed to the idea of a federal militia which could usurp their “slave patrols.”  To appease those who worried about the sovereignty of the states,  the Second Amendment was worded in such a way that allowed southern slave states to maintain a well-regulated militia that kept the slaves in chains.   The Second Amendment was ratified to PRESERVE SLAVERY and once the Thirteenth Amendment  passed in 1865, the Second Amendment became obsolete.

“Give me liberty, or give me death!” is a quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Virginia Convention in 1775.  Ironically, he was outraged by the whole idea of bondage and slavery (by the British) while owning slaves!  “Those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. . . . If we wish to be free — if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending — if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! . . . There is no retreat but in submission and slavery!” Indeed Henry and other southern states’ representatives suffered from cognitive dissonance when it came to freedom.  They demanded their own autonomy while holding other human beings in a state of bondage.  The only way this could be achieved was to deny the black slaves the right to bear arms and to deny the federal government the right to interfere with slave patrols, also known as state militias.

states rights

Until Utah Senator Orrin Hatch (R) joined forces with the NRA and the Moral Majority in 1982, no amendment received less attention in the courts in the two centuries following the adoption of the Bill of Rights than the Second.   He published a report on “The Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” which concluded, “What the Subcommittee on the Constitution uncovered was clear—and long lost—proof that the second amendment to our Constitution was intended as an individual right of the American citizen to keep and carry arms in a peaceful manner, for protection of himself, his family, and his freedoms.” This is obviously a perversion of the original intent, as these militias are no longer in existence, except for a handful of fringe, anarchist extremist groups.  This particular clarification of the Second is called an insurrectionist interpretation, in which the Amendment is thought to allow for a militia of armed citizens standing ready to defend republican liberty against the depredations of a government become tyrannical.  I can assure you, this is why TeaParty “patriots” show up for demonstrations against the current duly elected president armed and ready for battle. If you want a modern-day comparison, a law steeped in racism where it’s technically legal to shoot a black person, simply consider Stand Your Ground, which has justified the murder of largely Black Americans.

The GOP Wasn't Always So Pro-NRA

The GOP Wasn’t Always So Pro-NRA

In 1919, the Eighteenth Amendment was ratified to prohibit the sale and consumption of alcohol.  This proved to be a dreadful experiment, causing more crime and problems than it solved.  The Twenty-first Amendment repealed Prohibition as the nation recognized its detrimental consequences.  Since the Thirteenth Amendment abolished the very thing the Second Amendment was designed to protect, the Lincoln administration should have had the foresight to repeal an antiquated amendment that was wholly dependent on the institution of slavery to even exist.  The original framers of the Constitution never envisioned an America where guns and ammunition would be purchased indiscriminately by almost anyone with literally no regulation.  Republicans (and some Democrats too) have been utterly demolished by the NRA gun lobby if they, in any way, prohibit the purchase of guns by imposing sensible regulations.  Perhaps if more people understood why the Second Amendment came to be and how it has been completely amorally debased to benefit those manufacturing these horrible weapons, our nation might have a chance to curtail the slaughter innocent children and adults of all races and creeds.

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3 Responses to “The Second Amendment Should Have Been Abolished Along With Slavery”

  1. Ron Ramsey February 1, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    VEGASJESSIE
    In Article 1 section 8 it still says.

    To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

    To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

    Now you can replace the word Militia with National Guard, so in one sense the militia still exists, according to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    The National Guard of the United States, part of the reserve components of the United States Armed Forces, is a reserve military force, composed of National Guard military members or units of each state and the territories of Guam, of the Virgin Islands, and of Puerto Rico, as well as of the District of Columbia, for a total of 54 separate organizations. All members of the National Guard of the United States are also members of the militia of the United States as defined by 10 U.S.C. § 311. The majority of National Guard soldiers and airmen hold a civilian job full-time while serving part-time as a National Guard member. These part-time guardsmen are augmented by a full-time cadre of Active Guard & Reserve (AGR) personnel in both the Army National Guard and Air National Guard, plus Army Reserve Technicians in the Army National Guard andAir Reserve Technicians (ART) in the Air National Guard

  2. Ron Ramsey February 1, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    VEGASJESSIE she is correct on the southern states using the militia asked slave patrols. Carl T Bogus he has researched this extensively and has written a couple of books or more on the 2nd Amendment, one of them
    THE SECOND AMENDMENT IN LAW AND HISTORY, Historians and Constitutional Scholars on the Right to Bear Arms
    and
    The Hidden History of the Second Amendment
    Professor Bogus argues that there is strong reason to believe that, in significant part, James Madison drafted the Second Amendment to assure his constituents in Virginia, and the South generally, that Congress could not use its newly-acquired powers to indirectly undermine the slave system by disarming the militia, on which the South relied for slave control. His argument is based on a multiplicity of the historical evidence, including debates between James Madison and George Mason and Patrick Henry at the Constitutional Ratifying Convention in Richmond, Virginia in June 1788; the record from the First Congress; and the antecedent of the American right to bear arms provision in the English Declaration of Rights of 1688.
    Thom Hartmann interviews the professor on his program called the Big Picture this is worth watching.
    The Hidden History of the 2nd Amendment
    http://youtu.be/aK_XfU8Sju4

  3. partybasher April 10, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    The right wingers have so poisoned the well here. The 2nd amendment should have been done away with years ago, but our politicians are too cowardly to touch it. Just waiting for the next Coulimbine, Sandy Hook, Ft. Hood to show up because it is on the way.

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