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  •  The term "to keep and bear arms" (8+ / 0-)

    is a technical term that, in the late 18th century, meant "to serve in the military."  By 1781, other connotations were beginning to creep in, but the far and away primary definition of the activity keeping and bearing arms was military service.  You could take your Kentucky long rifle into the woods to hunt every day for 30 years, and you would not have ever borne arms.

    I've been told that the amendment was a compromise intended to assure states that the Federal government would never ban their militias in favor of a standing national army.  One of the side effects of this compromise enabled southern states to keep their escaped slave-hunting posses.

    "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

    by DrLori on Fri May 03, 2013 at 11:26:26 AM PDT

    •  Dr.Lori, have you ever diaried this? Because this (1+ / 0-)
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      is a very interesting historical background/interpretation that is more than germane to the discussion of R2KBA and gun control.

      That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

      by concernedamerican on Fri May 03, 2013 at 02:35:33 PM PDT

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      •  I haven't, but I could :) n/t (2+ / 0-)
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        I'm just interested in etymology.

        And I wonder why the 2nd amendment was Handed Down From On High, but the professed originalists aren't at all interested in how we got here from there.

        "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

        by DrLori on Fri May 03, 2013 at 05:48:00 PM PDT

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    •  Here's a link to a great (4+ / 0-)
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      UC Davis law article, The Hidden History of the Second Amendment, on how the Second Amendment was likely part of the process for getting the southern states to sign on to the Constitution. The assertion is that southern states were very worried the new federal government would pass laws relieving them of their arms and thus keep them from being able to put down slave rebellions and indirectly advance the abolitionist cause.

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