Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/12/how-fears-abolition-shaped-second-amendment
Interesting that they also removed:
"But no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms, shall be compelled to render military service in person.”
We could have had refusal to participate in wars as a constitutional right!
Fears driven by bigotry and hatred, used as reasons for producing unnecessary quantities of weapons that have only one purpose, to kill and maim, can only be used as a means of a continued suppression of liberties.
So, as I’ve been saying for a long time, the 2nd Amendment gave slave chasers the right to cross state lines to retrieve “property”, giving slave owners/slave chasers/anyone the right to cross state lines to kidnap fleeing slaves (who were likely seeking liberty, rather than death). The Confederate flag wavers of today may shout Patrick Henry’s line, but they are aping the 18th and 19th century slave chasers, not patriots. The NRA, acting not as an advocacy group for “hunters and conservationists”, but weapons makers, keeps the slave chasing hope alive, by making murder weapons readily available, and by fighting to add gun liability insurance requirements to be imposed.
Thom Hartmann’s work sounds like it is almost completely lifted from the recent study by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment (SF: City Lights Books, 2017). This kind of behavior – ripping off other people’s research without adequate citation – is far too widespread in our ambitious culture.
A fetid constitutional fiction of the present bastard birthed by a foul constitutional fact of the past
I, and many other 11th grade students, would have a much better understanding of the constitutional convention and the 2nd amendment if our American History teacher had told us this story about the fear and repressive attitudes of these southern delegates. Thank you, Mr Hartmann, for this insight into the problem of guns in our society today. The evil of slavery lingers in many ways.
It says nothing of the sort.
The only question I have is; why should we trust them with our guns, when someone, maybe them, maybe someone else, is going around raping and killing our kids to the tune of some odd 30,000/year?