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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 Sounds simple doesnt it This simple statement of the Bill Of Rights has endured much criticism over the last century It has been blamed for the violence and especially within the last few years has become a scapegoat for political parties wanting to Clean up Americas streets To understand what was truly meant by the Second Amendment you must look at it in its proper context Boston 1768 The British colonies in New England are prospering due to the independent spirit and work ethic of the people here Great sailing ships cruise into Boston Harbor evidence of the wealth of world trade now generated from Americas shores Colonial cities like Boston are swelling new towns are springing up and commerce is exploding because of the imaginative ways of these strange rowdy blunt outspoken American whom cultured Europeans view with distaste Yet the Old World gentry is quite willing to shove its cultural disdain aside in the name of expanding commerce The energy pouring out of America is filling the Englands pockets But still Englands nobility was not happy with the new freethinking nationality that was being formedThe absolute domination of a people cannot be achieved without psychological and physical controls These include the social shackles Europe has imposed upon its citizenry for centuries It has meant wealth leisure and happiness for a few--oppression and despair for millions The English monarchs sense a growing mood of self-reliance and self-determination in the distant colonies and it both frightens and infuriates them The nobles react as they have always reacted Destroy the swelling unconstrained thought of the colonists and show them that independence is too far over their heads and if this doesnt work the soldiers bayonets will remind them The word arrives upon New Englands wild
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