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  •  The 2nd Amendment was to preserve slavery (7+ / 0-)

    The actual historical record on this is quite clear. The South wanted armed militias to put down their greatest (indeed panicky) fear - slave uprisings.

    It's was adopted to get Madison the 9 votes he needed (I think #9 turned out to be Virginia) for the adoption of the Constitution.

    It's purpose was to codify the right of the Southern states to maintain armed militias to put down slave rebellions. This, of course, is not mentioned in any of the Supreme Court decisions. Instead, the myth of squirrel hunting New Englanders in tricorn hats and a hardy (armed) yeomanry is continued.

    The whole history is here:

    University of California at Davis Law Review

    Oh, and Scalia is a dick. Of the Chris Christie variety. There's something definitely wrong with these people as human beings.

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