“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”
The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms and was adopted on December 15, 1791, as part of the first ten amendments contained in the Bill of Rights The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the right belongs to individuals, while also ruling that the right is not unlimited and does not prohibit all regulation of either firearms or similar devices. State and local governments are limited to the same extent as the federal government from infringing this right, per the incorporation of the Bill of Rights.
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The Second Amendment was based partially on the right to keep and bear arms in English common law and was influenced by the English Bill of Rights of 1689. Sir William Blackstone described this right as an auxiliary right, supporting the natural rights of self-defense and resistance to oppression, and the civic duty to act in concert in defense of the state.
The history of militia in the United States dates from the colonial era, such as in the American Revolutionary War. Based on the British system, colonial militias were drawn from the body of adult male citizens of a community, town, or local region. Because there were usually few British regulars garrisoned in North America, colonial militia served a vital role in local conflicts, particularly in the French and Indian Wars. Before shooting began in the American War of Independence, American revolutionaries took control of the militia system, reinvigorating training and excluding men with Loyalist inclinations. Regulation of the militia was codified by the Second Continental Congress with the Articles of Confederation. The revolutionaries also created a full-time regular army—the Continental Army—but because of manpower shortages the militia provided short-term support to the regulars in the field throughout the war.”
In short they were established to slaughter Native Americans and capture and execute runaway slaves
IOW the Second Amendment write White Racism right into the Constitution. But as the years went on, vast armies created, slavery abolished, “Jim Crow” established and the Civil Rights Movement making White Racism less tenable “Second Amendment” enthusiasts shifted their focus
The NRA is today an organization devoted to the sale and distribution of firearms on a massive scale.
We can see the results I mass shootings throughout the country. 18 just this year.
And now The Resistance!
The Kids Are Alright.
MORE Than Alright.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) appears to be trying to “dial down” a high-profile appearance by its leader Wayne LaPierre near Washington this week.
LaPierre’s name is nowhere to be found on the official agenda for CPAC, the conservative conference which begins in Maryland on Wednesday. An NRA spokesman said that the firebrand executive vice-president and CEO had not cancelled his speech, but that he did not know when he would be speaking.
Donald Trump, Mike Pence and other key conservative figures are expected to speak at the conference.
For days, grieving high school students from Parkland, Florida, have spoken out publicly following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school on 14 February, accusing politicians for having “blood on their hands” for voting with the NRA and opposing gun control.
“We’re making a badge of shame for anyone accepting money from the NRA,” Cameron Kasky, one of the leaders of the new student gun control movement, told the Guardian. “It’s not red versus blue, Republican versus Democrat, it’s us versus those who are trying to kill us and don’t care about our lives.”
LaPierre is one of America’s most confrontational rightwing leaders. After 20 students and six teachers were massacred in Connecticut in 2012, LaPierre doubled down on the NRA’s gun rights message, arguing that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”, and proposing, instead of gun control, to put armed police officers in every school in America. The speech sparked a backlash, and LaPierre’s face was splashed on New York City tabloid covers, which branded him as a “gun nut” and a “loon”.
At CPAC last year, LaPierre did not bask in the victory of placing a $30m bet on Donald Trump winning the White House, at a time when many other conservative groups were refusing to endorse him. Instead, he went on the offensive against what he described as dangerous leftists, accusing federal judges of throwing “a molotov cocktail at the US constitution” for ruling against Trump’s travel ban, and calling their rulings a “form of violence against our constitutional system”.
As the NRA advertised that it was mounting a “counter-resistance” to the resistance against Trump, LaPierre painted the peaceful opposition to Trump’s presidency as a dangerous threat to public safety. Leftist groups “all share one thing in common: they’re angry, they’re militant, and they’re willing to engage in criminal violence to get what they want”.
LaPierre’s speech foreshadowed the direction the NRA, Trump, and other rightwing groups would take later that year, after neo-Nazis marched in the streets in Charlottesville, Virginia: rather than taking a hard line against neo-Nazis and racist hate groups, Trump condemned “both sides” and the NRA has focused on being anti-anti-fascist.
What LaPierre will do with his new speech, in what way he may try to pivot or find a new way to go on the offensive, remains to be seen.
The NRA, which usually stays silent in the days immediately after a mass shooting, is still in “duck and cover” mode after the Parkland shooting, said Bob Spitzer, a political scientist who writes about the gun control movement. Delaying any news of the exact timing of his speech “dials it down a little bit and gives him [LaPierre] a little bit of maneuver room”.
“To pull his appearance entirely, that would probably be seen as too cowardly,” he said. Instead, he said the NRA might try to slot LaPierre in at the last minute, or squeeze him between other speakers to make his address more low-key.
“They’re going to have trouble trying to figure out what you do with old Wayne,” Spitzer said.