Second amendment was Passed to Protect Slavery

Gun-crazy America is arming up. While Vice President Biden and his gun taskforce think of ways to stem horrific gun violence in America - the shootings and the gun purchases keep piling up. According to the Children's Defense Fund, nearly 450 children and teenagers have been shot by a gun just since the 113th Congress was sworn in earlier this month. And thanks to the fear mongering going on in the gun community, assault rifles are fling off the shelves around the nation. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, there were 2.2 million gun background checks performed in December, which is more than a 58% increase over the same period in 2011. But I want to tell you something you don't know about the Second Amendment - something that's been lost in the pages of history - that is very crucial to informing today's current gun debate. And that's this: The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says "State" instead of "Country" was to preserve the Slave Patrol Militias in the Southern States, which was necessary to get Virginia's vote. Founders Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison were totally clear on that...and we all should be too...Today's Second Amendment is linked to our nation's disturbing history of slavery. In the Beginning, there were the Militias. In the South, they were also called the "Slave Patrols," and they were regulated by the states.

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JoshSN's picture
JoshSN 1 year 36 weeks ago

I am proud of Thom Hartmann for coming out with his pro-gun stance, against the massive tide of emotional reactions to a recent spate of deadly shootings.

Mr. Hartmann clearly states that to keep slaves they must be disarmed.

Mr. Hartmann would never want us to become slaves, so, naturally, the only logical conclusion is that he wouldn't want us to be disarmed.

By the way, also blame the sensationalistic media: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PezlFNTGWv4

Military training for everyone who wants it without a four year hitch! No standing army!

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Lenape 1 year 35 weeks ago

Thom, I have enjoyed your intelligent and savvy commentary over the years, and particularly appreciated your information on the 'secret history' of the 2nd Amendment. Following up on your article I came across this rejoinder:

http://www.theroot.com/views/2nd-amendment-passed-protect-slavery-no

I would like to see you comment on this critique, which raises several questions regarding your historical research and conclusions. Thanks.

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Lizz 1 year 23 weeks ago

*Fantastic* link, Lenape! I'd *really* like to see Thom's feedback and assessment of it, too. Thom obviously put a lot of time and energy into his article. However, the response to Thom's article by Paul Finkelman is quite balanced and addresses every concern, and is very well written.

This topic has generated a huge amount of controversy and hype from both sides, and it needs to be resolved. I've spent a few hours trying to find authoritative proof of Thom's claim, that subduing slaves was a reason for our Founding Fathers' creation of the Second Amendment. Unfortunately, all I've found is questions and heated, highly emotional blogs.

Sure, there's no doubt of a lot of things: many of our Founding Fathers had slaves, 'States Rights' were created to preserve slavery, and others. as fully acknowledged by Dr. Finkelman:

http://www.theroot.com/views/2nd-amendment-passed-protect-slavery-no

Your statement sounds plausible, and it could be true, but that's not enough: we need authoritative, connect-the-dots information.

Thom, we need your help. You are a great citizen, and we *truly* appreciate your hard work and advocacy for the People's rights - and for truth.