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Multiple Choice

The Second Amendment:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The Modern Gun Owner:

Not well regulated
Not a militia
Not securing a goddamn thing except white entitlement.


This following is contributed by Friend of Raging Pencils "ChuckyPierce":

The wording of the Second Amendment always confused me; half of it is about a "well regulated Militia." WTF?! A little googling turned up a June 17 article in Salon by Thom Hartmann that explains how closely that amendment is connected to Slavery:

The proposed Constitution sent to the states for ratification already gave the federal government the power to 'call forth the militia' (Article 1, Section 8) since we didn't have a standing army at the time, but it was unclear just how much control a "State" could have over its own militia when 'called forth' by the Feds.

This was a problem for states with a large number of slaves, since every society with a slave based economy has to mortally fear slave rebellions. (Slaves never seem to be able to appreciate the benefits of having guaranteed food and housing and of being freed from the need to make any of their own decisions.)

Each of the slave states had its own militia, usually called something like the Slave Patrol, whose main duties were to ferret out indications that a slave revolt was being planned, and to put one down if it occurred. It was vital that these functions be preserved.

The article mentioned describes a debate in the Virginia House of Burgesses about whether the Constitution, as written, would guarantee that Virginia could keep and control its own Slave Patrol after Virginia ratified it.
" State" is the key word in the Amendment we now have. James Madison obligingly rewrote the proposed amendment about the right to bear arms for Virginia, changing "Country" to "State" in the process. Check out the article for the fascinating details.

"Golly gee, Sergeant Carter, I get it now!"


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Test: Which one is the Second Amendment
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
You get a gun! And You get a gun! EVERYBODY gets a gun!
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