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Old 19 January 2013, 08:52 PM
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Default The Second Amendment was Ratified to Preserve Slavery

The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says "State" instead of "Country" (the Framers knew the difference - see the 10th Amendment), was to preserve the slave patrol militias in the southern states, which was necessary to get Virginia's vote. Founders Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison were totally clear on that . . . and we all should be too.

In the beginning, there were the militias. In the South, they were also called the "slave patrols," and they were regulated by the states.
Interesting theory that I have never heard before
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Old 21 January 2013, 11:12 AM
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Maybe the theory doesn't get much traction in part because one of its prominent proponents is named Dr. Carl T. Bogus.

I really thought that was some kind of joke at first, but you can Google his name and he really is a professor of history.
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Old 21 January 2013, 11:29 AM
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It's interesting to note that, at least after it was passed, the second amendment was given as one supporting reason for the unconstitutionality of slavery. It was also noted by some that it might imply both freemen and slaves could be part of a well-regulated militia (perhaps because of its use of 'the people' rather than 'free men' or some other term).
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