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That the founding fathers intended the 2nd Amendment be for self-defense is laughable. It is ridiculous to think that a musket could be a self-defense weapon. In an era when there was very little crime, why would they even consider a need to have your musket under your bed to protect your family? Were they anticipating a need to drive away the Crips as they came to rob you of your drug stash? Or maybe they could foretell the zombie apocalypse. The ammosexuals have always tried to separate the clauses, but the second clause "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed" makes no sense without the first clause, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State." The founding fathers were opposed to the cost and loss of productivity of a standing army, they wanted local militias or as we call them today National Guard units to have their muskets ready to DEFEND the country, the constitution and the government, not the other way around. Any other reading is pretzel-like contortionism. George Washington led 13,000 of these well-regulated militiamen to put down the insurrection known as the "Whisky Rebellion." He also seized guns from those insurgents, so where's your "shall not be infringed" now? Washington believed in a strong central government; the founders wanted militias to ensure that the central government remained in power. After the Whisky Rebellion, Congress got concerned and passed the "Militia Acts" which required all military-age white males to purchase their own muskets and supplies for service in a local militia.

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