This is a reprint of a post on Thom Hartmann's website/blog. It summarizes Thom's discussion of the real purpose and meaning of the second amendment.
The Words of the Second Amendment Should Be Clarified: "A well regulated SLAVERY-ENFORCING Militia being necessary to the security of the" slaveholding states…
Thom's discussion yesterday of Prof. Carl Bogus's insights about the reason for the Second Amendment was truly amazing. That is, the "militia" referred to in the Second Amendment is actually referring to slave-owning enforcement groups, who call themselves "the militia." It was the southern slavery-enforcing groups that the Second Amendment was referring to. The militia were required to administer punishment to slaves violating the rules, and the slave-owners were forced to agree to allow the militia personnel to do their terrible work.
Therefore, every time someone says "a well regulated militia" to defend the Second Amendment, we should make sure that we clarify and say, "A well regulated slavery-enforcing militia" to put those words and proper context.
For background on this, please see: http://www.vpc.org/fact_sht/hidhist.htm
According to Professor Bogus: "James Madison wrote the Second Amendment to assure the southern states that Congress would not undermine the slave system by disarming the militia, which were then the principal instruments of slave control throughout the South." These militia groups were used by slave owners to suppress blacks and enforce ongoing slavery in the South. These certainly are not the kind of groups that we think of when we think of militia groups united against English soldiers, etc.
Ensuring that these violent and heartless paramilitary militia personnel in the South would always have firearms, and the slaves would not, helped ensure the long continuation of slavery, a truly evil activity.
For Professor Bogus's full paper, please go to: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1465114
The 1% are manipulating the American Public with fear and guns to suppress an uprising against their rule.
The NRA which represents gun manufacturers has revised U.S. legislation, laws, and budget allocations to prevent any research into gun deaths and more to keep information from the American Public.
Guns are just one more tool in their arsenal of fear. Why do you think we are in endless wars? It has nothing to do with democracy or liberty and everything to do with fear and suppression and the theft of wealth and natural resources.
As of now, the 1% rules the world and they are crashing the economies of every country (i.e. Spain and Greece for starters) to impoverish the global population to gain the wealth and resources of the planet.
If you believe the wealthy are job creators then you will believe that gutting the U.S. government will bring back prosperity.
If you believe you will be part of the 1% one day then go buy a lottery ticket because you have as much of a chance in winning the lottery as you do becoming part of the 1%. (Using Maryland's Mega Lottery as an example you have a 1 in 32,468,436 chance of winning.)
An assault rife will only kill other Americans, it will never stop tyranny because we are living under the tyranny of the 1% now.
I am not a slave. Are you a slave to the 1% or will you free yourself from their domination?