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    The historical record is clear that the founders intended to protect the right of the states to maintain militias, to serve as a counterweight against a national army.  During the Articles of Confederation, there were two separate attempts by officers of the national army to stage coups, and the founders hoped that state militias could stop a coup if loyalist federal soldiers could not.  After the Civil War, when militias entered the Union Army with weapons made only in their own states with weird calibers for which ammunition could not be obtained, and uniforms that often looked like the enemies, Congress standardized armaments and uniforms by transforming the militias into the National Guard.

    Stevens noted all this in his dissent, but Scalia-Thomas-Alito-Roberts-Kennedy could care less.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 03:23:39 PM PST

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