Second Amendment’s Real History

By | September 10, 2014

Second Amendment

The Second Amendment was ratified to preserve slavery. Here’s the proof.

I found an article on the website Truthout, written by Thom Hartmann, and it made it very clear on the intent of the ratification of the Second Amendment.

According to Hartmann, “The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says ‘State’ instead of ‘Country’ (the Framers knew the difference – see the 10th Amendment), 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.”

“In the beginning, there were the militias. In the South, they were also called the ‘slave patrols,’ and they were regulated by the states,” Hartmann stated.

Hartmann explains that, before the American Revolution and in the State of Georgia, “laws were passed in 1755 and 1757 that required all plantation owners or their male white employees to be members of the Georgia Militia, and for those armed militia members to make monthly inspections of the quarters of all slaves in the state.” This makes perfect sense since white male slave owners, such as Founding Father James Madison who himself owned hundreds of slaves, would not be able to stop a slave rebellion without a ‘well regulated militia’ to keep the slaves in captivity.

Patrick Henry was a big supporter of the state’s gun laws to maintain slavery, but was afraid that the powers given to the federal government by the new Constitution would strip states of their slave-patrol militias.

This information convincingly supports the claim that the Second Amendment and state gun laws and were founded in race, historically.

More history on gun laws

In 1967, the NRA supported the passing of the Mulford Act, passed by California Governor and future president Ronald Reagan, because of the rise of the Black Panthers and their support for individuals carrying guns in public, for self-defense; a law that was passed to curtail the power of the Panthers, and to thwart black ownership of guns.

In present time, we have what are called the ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws that were drafted by the NRA and promoted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). These laws allow persons who feel that there is an “imminent threat” to use deadly force against a person, even if they are unarmed and the alleged perpetrator is not pursuing them at the time. Different versions of this law has been passed across the country, particularly in southern states like Florida, where the law has been in the midst of controversy and complaints that the law only works to protect whites, which would appear to give license to white supremacists to murder blacks and other minorities. The George Zimmerman trial for the killing of a black, 17-year-old male named Trayvon Martin raised public outcry, and mass opposition to the ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws. Zimmerman was acquitted for killing Trayvon Martin in mid-July of this year.

Second Amendment in retrospect

We as a country need to take an honest look at what the gun laws and the Second Amendment really represents. The evidence overwhelmingly displays that race is engrained in the history of our gun laws in the U.S., and its function is to maintain a racial ‘status quo’ of social control and power.

This is something that has to change if there is ever to be peace and equality. That’s assuming that justice actually means something in America and I can only pray that it does.