Skip to main content

View Diary: The Second Amendment was Ratified to Preserve Slavery (294 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  A reason, but not the sole reason. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Cedwyn, deepbreath, raincrow

    There was no shortage of fear (reading today it sounds downright paranoid, but the founders wrote in an era when very few republics lasted) of a tyrannical federal government in that era - and what better way to stop a would-be dictator than by decentralizing the military and giving states their own armies?  

    Militias didn't only exist in the south and west.  Every state maintained one.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site