Thursday, January 17, 2013
2 Amend ratified to Preserve Slavery?????
One of the most outrageous and inaccurate columns I've seen recently is this one: "The Second Amendment was Ratified to Preserve Slavery." I have been researching this topic for 30 years, and there is no historical support for it. I have extensively perused the materials from that time. There is no credible historian anywhere that I know of that has made this assertion. The Second Amendment was not needed to protect gun-toting slave owners and slave patrols. Slaves could not lawfully possess firearms. Some of the states had constitutional protections for arms, but these did not apply to slaves. There is nothing substantial to support this author's contentions. Yes, militias in the South were used to control slaves. This connection, however, cannot be stretched to rationally support the thesis in the presence of an overwhelming amount of evidence to the contrary. Further, states with few slaves and no slave rebellion problem also had militias and supported the Second Amendment. I can't recall evidence of any abotionist or slave-owner arguing this point .