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    I enjoy Thom Hartmann's commentaries very much but I believe he is not correct here.  The fact that different things were happening at the same time does not mean they had to affect each other.

    As obnoxious as is the current guns-for-everyone argument about protecting against a dictator- and there are so many arguments about how crazy this idea is- it is a fact that once upon a time, many Americans were worried about the newly-created Constitution and a scary national government with power.  The State militias were extremely popular after the War of Independence, especially among State governors and legislatures who held control over their budgets and commissions.  When the new Constitution granted the national government the ability to raise troops, the great big argument for the Second Amendment was to make sure that the armed populace (regulated by the State governments) could always overawe, or overcome, any "national" troops.

    It would be nice to say that the Second Amendment is all about slavery and/or racism but it's easier (Occam's Razor?) to link it to a fear of losing control to the new Constitutional government.  An often-forgotten group in American history was the antifederalists, those folks who did not want the Constitution.  When they lost the argument, they didn't move away.  Many of them, perhaps most, became the "base" of Thomas Jefferson's and James Madison's Republican Party.

    Create. Build. Serve. Encourage. Teach.

    by algebrateacher on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 07:45:35 PM PST

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