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Why the second amendment?

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Written by Walter Hecht   
Monday, 07 April 2014 08:19
In justification of the second amendment to the US Constitution, there are the reasons that are spoken and those that are not. The spoken reasons included at the time it was written: hostile Native Americans, hunting, hostile neighbors to the north and south, and preventing Federal tyranny.

The unspoken reasons then and now were and are mostly economic, keeping minorities in their place and oppressing the weak, including women and children. A small number of white males could not force a large number of people to do their bidding without the threat of force, and firearms are a force multiplier. One must also remember that the second amendment was written by men for the benefit of men, and all those men were white men. No persons of color or women were consulted.

The second amendment is at its most basic, an instrument for enforcing an economic system benefiting a few at the expense of the many. Today we refer to the few as the 1% and the majority as the 99%. Before emancipation, the Constitution also endorsed slavery. Today we have wage slavery where most of us are chained to our employment so that Wall Street and other financial institutions can feed from the sweat of our brows.
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+1 # moonpie 2014-04-11 01:04
Actually the first and many later infringements to the Second were enacted to "keep minorities and people of color in their place". Much of the pro2A legislation we are seeing today is nothing more than the repeal of racist JimCrow injustice.
 
 
0 # grebs430 2018-11-20 15:44
the 2nd amend. confuses me. doesn't it stipulate something about a well regulated militia? if so, how is the Right's swooning over owning a gun fit into a well regulated militia?
 

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