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Disaster capitalism at work

The shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary is another example of disaster capitalism at work. Business booms as people race to gun shops to build their arsenals in fear of government intrusion into their perceived Second Amendment, and/or God-given right to arm themselves.

Literalists contend the Second Amendment means to them what the words imply: “A well regulated militia being necessary to a free State, the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed.” However, Carl Bogus (University of California Law Review) and Sally Haden in her book “Slave Patrols, Law and Violence in Virginia and the Carolinas,” concluded that Patrick Henry persuaded James Madison (one of the several slaveholder signers of the Constitution) to provide constitutional protection for civilian militias – “slave patrols” – organized in slave states to control rebellious slaves. Thus the word “state” rather than “country.”

So, thanks to a measure to protect slavery, we have the most heavily armed, violent society on the face of the Earth. Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition.

Buell Hollister

Spokane



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