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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Whither (Wither?) Militias?


Beyond this clear historical record – that the Framers’ intent was to create security for the new Republic, not promote armed rebellions – there is also the simple logic that the Framers represented the young nation’s aristocracy. Many, like Washington, owned vast tracts of land. They recognized that a strong central government and domestic tranquility were in their economic interests.

So, it would be counterintuitive – as well as anti-historical – to believe that Madison and Washington wanted to arm the population so the discontented could resist the constitutionally elected government. In reality, the Framers wanted to arm the people – at least the white males – so uprisings, whether economic clashes like Shays’ Rebellion, anti-tax protests like the Whiskey Rebellion, attacks by Native Americans or slave revolts, could be repulsed.

I noted this the other day, though I don't think that this in any way negates an individual right.  And the individual right in no way negates Congress' power to tax and regulate the commerce of weapons.


December 22, 2012 in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink


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Posted by: symmetry | Dec 23, 2012 7:09:07 AM

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