https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/br ... 1902100107
“If the Second Amendment had been understood to have the meaning given to it by Justice Scalia, it would not have been ratified by Virginia and the other slave states.”
... the Virginian founders wanted to be sure guns didn’t get into the hands of enslaved black Virginians or free black Virginians, Mr. Picadio argues. With the state’s all-white militia, this amendment helped do just that.
“Even if a right to own a firearm for self-defense purposes preexisted the Bill of Rights, it was not understood by the drafters . . . to be included within the Second Amendment.’’
Madison tied the right to the militia because he and other slave owners greatly feared “a ruinous slave rebellion in which their families would be slaughtered and their property destroyed.’’