So why the big silence from the NRA when two men who were legal gun owners with conceal carry permits are shot? Could it be because they are black? Thom Hartmann explains that “the dark, dirty secret of American history is that the Second Amendment itself is racist.”
Thom Hartmann explains that the Second Amendment was written both to ensure no standing national army, in order to prevent the possibility of a military coup overturning democracy, AND to preserve slavery in the South — in particular, by continuing the Virginia state slave patrols, which were, in essence, a state militia.
Thom Hartmann, Commentary on The Big Picture, at the end of the program, with the introduction beginning at about 50:00:
Thom points out:
The Second Amendment, as we know it today, was a legal fiction, invented by the gun industry and their buddies on the Supreme Court. There was no individual constitutional right to own a gun, from 1789, when we became a country, until 2008, when the Supreme Court said that there was such a right, in its decision in the case of District of Columbia v. Eller.
The first draft of the Second Amendment read:
The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; a well armed, and well regulated militia being the best security of a free country: but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms, shall be compelled to render military service in person.
Quote, transcribed from the video :
To satisfy Patrick Henry, James Madison changed the word “country” in the Second Amendment to the word “state,” to make it explicitly clear that the Constitution protected the state slave patrol in Virginia.
The Second Amendment was written to block a national army and to protect slave patrols — but that was then and this is now.
Americans have repeatedly changed parts of our constitution that didn’t match up with the times as we grew and changed. We’ve changed electoral rules, so presidential tickets must run together — president and vice president
We’ve given women the right to vote. We’ve given black people full citizenship. We made alcohol illegal, and then we re-amended the constitution to make it legal. And those are just a few examples of the ways we’ve repeatedly edited the constitution. It’s not a “sacred” document. There’s only one way out of this mess. It’s time to repeal the Second Amendment.