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