Brown Bess flintlock Musket, circa 1790
This flint musket is probably one of the muskets bought by Matthew Boulton to defend the Soho Factory, from possible attack by the mob in the Birmingham Riots of the 14th-18th July 1791.
A well regulated militia being the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. (click here for Library of Congress Document)
Slave Patrol Militias. Huh? Makes sense though. It would be a way of controlling the enemy from within, won't it?
I did not know that. The meaning it has today is far different than that application of it's origin. Odd. I would think Judge Scalia would have thought it through a little more. Oh, well.
It just goes to prove, when it comes to the USA Constitution and it's Amendments there sincerely is no such thing as a Strict Constructionist. If one were to go by this interpretation, the Second Amendment could be struck down completely as antiquated as slavery no longer exists.