Contrary to popular belief, the first enslaved Africans didn't arrive in America in 1619. In fact, the first documented slave rebellion in America took place in Georgetown SC in 1526.
(Bruh, I don't know. You know how they do.)
Well, this is important because the Spanish learned the slave trade from the Portuguese, who started this African slavery shit. In the 1400s, Portuguese ships started going to Africa and kidnap slaves and bring them back.
There was just one problem:
The Ndongo kept kicking the Portuguese people's ass.
To be fair, the Ndongo kicked EVERYONE'S ass. After years of trying, the Portuguese got a bright idea.
They made a deal with the neighboring Imbangala, a Spartan-like warriors tribe. The Portuguese gave the Imbangala guns to fight the powerful Ndongo. In exchange, Portugal would enslave the Ndongo as prisoners. The Imbangala agreed in 1618
One of those ships was the San Juan Bautista, which left Africa in 1619 with 350 Ndongo. A few months later, "20 & odd" of those Ndongo "prisoners of war" arrived on the coast of Virginia.
The Imbangala traditionally did not allow women to have children because they didn’t want any weaknesses in their society. Pregnant women had to leave. The tribe could only grow by raiding villages and forcing prisoners to serve as soldiers.
THIS temporary period of service is what the Imbangala thought the Portuguese were also doing.
Africans had no understanding of white people's cruel idea of generational, perpetual slavery.
Only America did that.
"The federal Constitution, therefore, decides with great propriety on the case of our slaves, when it views them in the mixed character of persons and of property. This is in fact their true character...
That quote comes from the Federalist Paper No. 54 when the Founding Fathers debated the value of black life.
"The blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind."
And when every other civilized nation outlawed slavery (long before America did) they didn't enshrine race-based subjugation laws into their laws.
America did that.
"The object of the [Fourteenth] Amendment was undoubtedly to enforce the absolute equality of the two races before the law
It is an absolute, unignorable FACT that the right to bear arms was about slavery and white people's fear of a slave revolt.
1. James Madison wrote the Constitution.
Of course, many people provided input and ideas but he is regarded as the primary architect.
2. The Consitution didn't initially have a Bill of Rights
Why do you think they're called AMENDMENTS?
3. EVERYTHING was about slavery.
The holdup was Patrick Henry the governor of Va. and George Mason.
Mason was smart AF and was the 2nd-largest slaveowner in Fairfax County, Va.
They were concerned about uprisings and wanted to make sure they'd be able to fight control and hunt slaves. Before the Revolution,, THAT'S what the state militias primarily did.
His name was George Washington.
NOTICE, it said "country"
"But what about the slave patrol?"*
Not an actual quote.
In 1720's these mandatory patrols were militarized.
THIS is where the state militias that fought in the Revolution came from.
"but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person"
They were SLAVE PATROLS
"In this state 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?"
George Nicols even said of the Constitution: "There is no power in the states to quell an insurrection of slaves" George Nichols.
James Madison didn't want to do it but he was running for Congress. People in Va. had heard that he was going to take their guns and give them to slaves.
But the second small change reflects the ties to the original slave patrols.
"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."
So in 1866, a group of men who served as a slave patrol, a militia AND Confederate soldiers came together to start a militia.
Some of the people in the white mob were arrested and convicted.
The decision would unleash a new age of terror and inequality we now call Jim Crow
The constitution guarantees the militia the right to own guns, EVEN if their primary purpose was to deny others the right to own guns. Here's why:
The Enforcement Act, outlawing those racist militia groups had another name:
The Ku Klux Klan Act