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Comment: Re:Double bind (Score 1) 1431

by Newander (#45965857) Attached to: Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Its primary purpose is to inform the citizen of their intended place in the scheme of checks and balances. The right to keep and bear arms is primarily meant as a counterweight to the ability of the government to use arms on the citizen, in instances where the other existing checks and balances have failed. It is both a deterrent to government corruption and a last resort for a population which finds themselves oppressed.

This is simply not true. If we look at either of the two texts of the second amendment:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

As passed by congress

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

As ratified by the states

and take into account the role that militias played at that point in history. We can see that the primary focus of the second amendment is for the government to be able to quickly raise an army to defend against external aggression. The obsession with the possibility that we'll need to rise up against the government in a violent coup is a relatively new invention likely originating in southern angst over the failed revolution.

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