Everybody is up in arms about gun control and lots of people are citing (or rather misreading) the 2nd amendment. i got curious as to the wording and found out that the 2nd amendment was worded to be a state right instead of a federal right simply because of the fear of white southerners such as Patrick Henry. In short the 2nd amendment is largely based on slave militias and the power of the state to arm them. "If the country be invaded, a state may go to war, but cannot suppress [slave] insurrections [under this new Constitution]. If there should happen an insurrection of slaves, the country cannot be said to be invaded. They cannot, therefore, suppress it without the interposition of Congress . . . . Congress, and Congress only [under this new Constitution], can call forth the militia." And why was that such a concern for Patrick henry? "In this state," he said, "there are two hundred and thirty-six thousand blacks, and there are many in several other states. But there are few or none in the Northern States. . . . May Congress not say, that every black man must fight? Did we not see a little of this last war? We were not so hard pushed as to make emancipation general; but acts of Assembly passed that every slave who would go to the army should be free."