The Second Amendment states: “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.” Why was the term “free State” used, rather than “free Nation” or “free Country”? Actually, the term “free Country” appeared in the original version of the Second Amendment. However, the wording was changed to appease slave owners. Why? Because prominent southern slaveholders wanted the Bill of Rights to sanction slave control militias. As H. M. Henry noted, “Slavery was not only an economic and industrial system … it was a gigantic police system.” This tyrannical police state was largely administered through brutal slave control militias. Unfortunately, if the free states wanted to have a Union, they would have to make a “deal with the Devil” in the form of a terrible compromise with the slave states over these diabolical organizations. The first terrible compromise was to allow the ghastly institution of slavery to be “legal” in the United States. The second terrible compromise can be found in the Second Amendment.
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