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Liberal Talk Show Host Thom Hartmann: ‘Second Amendment Was Passed to Protect Slavery’

Whenever someone brings up the second amendment to a conservative, he or she always counters with the notion that the second slaveryamendment was added to the Constitution to protect American citizens from a tyrannical government, but that’s certainly not the whole story of the second amendment, as liberal talk show host Thom Hartmann shared on his show.

On Hartmann’s The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, he said, “But I want to tell you something you don’t know about the Second Amendment ,something that’s been lost in the pages of history – that is very crucial to informing today’s current gun debate. And that’s this: The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says ‘State’ instead of ‘Country,’ was to preserve the Slave Patrol Militias in the Southern States, which was necessary to get Virginia’s vote. Founders Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison were totally clear on that…and we all should be too…Today’s Second Amendment is linked to our nation’s disturbing history of slavery. In the Beginning, there were the Militias. In the South, they were also called the ‘Slave Patrols,’ and they were regulated by the states.”

Thom Hartmann is certainly not the first person to openly acknowledge the role that protecting slavery played in crafting the second amendment. In an article published in the U.C. Davis Law Review, entitled The Hidden History of the Second Amendment, Professor Carl T. Bogus wrote that the Second Amendment was crafted to assure the southern states that Congress would not undermine the slave system by disarming the militia, which were then the principal instruments of slave control throughout the South.

Bogus wrote that founders Mason and Henry devised a plan to include the second amendment largely because  Virginia was nearly half black, and the white population lived in constant fear of slave insurrection. The main instrument of control was the militia. So the founders conceded to allow militias in an effort to protect slavery.


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  7. eric

    January 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    ohhh black people better start stocking up on automatica weapons if they know whats good for them… but this time it will be 100 times more white people dying than the years before.

  8. Latrice

    January 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    If everybody is stockpiling weapons but black people, where does that leave us? The fact that the second ammendment was passed to protect slavery is a shame but what does that fact have to do with what’s going on right now, today? Nothing. We need to start thinking rationally and not emotionally. We need weapons to protect ourselves. Renee, I agree with you totally. How did we get from white male shooting up a school full of children to slavery????? The only thing black people need to say about guns is what the Black Panther party said…we have the right to arm and protect ourselves.

    • Kevin

      January 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Latrice, The fact is, nobody is attempting to take away your right to bare arms. So the question begs, Why march? And what are they really against?

      There is an underlying issue here by these marcher’s that begs an answer. Is this about the right to bare arms or something more sinister? Like the fact that some citizens simply enjoy marching on any issue that opposes our Presidents order.

      Beware !

  9. Harold

    January 18, 2013 at 9:08 am

    The militias have re-formed and have stockpiled guns. I wonder why. Is history about to repeat itself? My one pistol will not be a match for what my enemy will have. Many of you will step out with your bible in hand. I wonder how this will end.

    • Kevin

      January 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Harold, good thought, however, I doubt there would be some RACIAL war in America. Sporadic Uprising Yes, but an all out War, Only in the mind of those who have lost it.

      You can purchase 100′s of guns to protect your family but it only takes one person with a weapon to enter your home while you’re shooting at others to execute your entire clan.

      Now the agressors have your guns to kill others who have stockpiled for no good reson.

  10. Edward A. Smikle

    January 18, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Well said, but dont tell blacks that because we dont want to believe it.We fall for the propoganda that we are told.The only time we will believe it is when they reinstitute slavery and we find ourselves back in chains then we will believe. And it is coming mark my wordss.As the world economy changes and we see our position changes fro the dominant position these folk will try to enslave us. You see we tend to believe most of the stories we been told, because Jesus died for our sins, and he will deliver us.. Remember it isGod’s will, because it said so in the bible. And if it is in the bible then it shall be so.We will bitch about it, but we will go along with it. REMEMBER THIS NO BODY IS GOING TO DIE FOR YOU. NOBODY EVER DIED FOR YOUR BLACK ASSES. Get over the nonsense, and wake up and smell the coffee.

    • Kevin

      January 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      Edward, We christians have hope, but a
      Fool will fall for anything.

      Which are you?


    January 18, 2013 at 1:22 am

    And just to think, Andrew Jackson was a Democrat. :(

  12. Renee

    January 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    First of all why do I see whites commenting on this site? I come here to get away from their stupidity and not to constantly read yet again their comments showcasing their proud ignorance. Sighs. Second, why are blacks and slavery the focal point of gun control when it is white nutcases going around on these mass shooting sprees? And people can save the talk about inner city gun violence. Look at gun violence on a national scale and whites commit 80% of gun violence in America. Also, no white person has any idea about the true corruption the government and police have in terms of violence in these inner cities. I just find it weird how once again a craze ass white boy guns down children and somehow black people are thrust into the center with different interpretations about slavery in America. Gotta love white reasoning or whatever makes them sleep at night. Their ignorance is mind boggling to me and repulsive at best.

    • Jay

      January 18, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Renee – and…racist. It works both ways only the willfully ignorant generalize an entire group of people.

    • Kevin

      January 20, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Renee, I’d hug you if i could, I feel the same way.
      Not that I am smarter or more intelligent than any other human, but when i read some of these white folks and NRA comments they are so blatantly ignorant and false that
      I thank God not all citizens think like that.

      And they truly know they are wrong but try and speak ignorance as though it is OK and True.

      Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Romney, Gingrich, West and even Ms Love. These 2nd Amendment gatherings have very little to do with our right to bare arms.

      There is an underlying agenda and purpose and I am certain it isn’t in the best interest of all citizens.

  13. samori

    January 17, 2013 at 9:32 am

    BINGOOOOOO!!!!! People lets not play dumb. BLACKS DID NOT STAY IN SLAVERY AND THOSE HORRIBLE CONDITIONS BECAUSE THEY LOVED IT! They because they were disarmed and the whites kept them under control by guns!!!!! So everyone else can preach this gun talk but i know my country’s historical resume!! PEOPLE NEED TO LOOK UP THE INDIAN REMOVAL ACT OF 1830 by President Andrew Jackson and see how a negotiation turned to a mandate at gunpoint…. My HBCUs and a mother that taught black and american history schooled me well!!

    • Neik

      January 18, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Good Stuff and well said! I educated myself on “our” history and already schooling my young boys about it so that they know as well. Shouts to your mom for educating you on the real…. :)