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  •  If I recall, wasn't the 2nd amendment emplaced to (0+ / 0-)

    ensure there'd be a military force for the Federal government to rely upon to enforce its laws? Wasn't it in response to the Whiskey Rebellion which George Washington put down through the use of militia troops because the infant USA lacked a standing army?

    It is particularly ironic that the 2nd Amendment was thus put in place to ensure that the federal government would be able to put down anti-government extremists, isn't it?

    "Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens," -Friedrich Schiller "Against Stupidity, the Gods themselves contend in Vain"

    by pengiep on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 07:38:24 PM PDT

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    •  This has been the "taught" idea so far.. (0+ / 0-)

      in schools and universities. It was mentioned as a justification for the Second Amendment, yet it was hardly mentioned at all that the south had extensive militia membership whose jobs were primarily to hunt escaped slaves. Their arms were considered part and parcel of their work.

      This remains an area needing scholarship, yet the existence of local and state militia who were self-armed is not disputed, nor is it disputed that their primary function was slave catching and suppressing slave rebellion.

      It is no accident that the rights of gun owners are most stridently defended south of the Mason-Dixon line, as the "tradition" of ownership is the strongest there.

      Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

      by OregonOak on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 09:08:44 PM PDT

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