The Constitutional Question: Does the rights protected by the Second Amendment include Citizens owning Fully Automatic Firearms?By Earl Lofland
On April 12, at 4:30 AM the South Carolina Militia mustered Cadets from the Citadel alsoknown as
South Carolina Military Academy
, who launched an attack upon Ft Sumter withcannon fire lasting for 32 hours, until the commander; US Army Maj. Robert Andersonsurrendered the fort to South Carolina
, marking the beginning of the “
War Between the States
.Many school books teach the War was about freeing Slaves. Yet there are many more issues thatwere involved besides just the topic of slavery among the several States in the Union, dating asfar back as 1798.If you ask people today where the first shots were fired that started the War, and who fired thefirst shots, an alarming amount of people answer with the Federal government fired the firstshots on April 12. And some believe the first battle was the Battle of Gettysburg. Disturbinglybecause many people were uninterested in American history in school, almost two centuries havepassed, where States have had to endure a standing army, that has lead up to people todaygrowing so accustomed to a standing federal military force. They rally around at celebrationswaving flags; shouting slogans, and wearing logos saying:
“Support the Troops”.
However,when you look at the reason the Second Amendment was created the threat of a standing armywas one of the most dangerous concerns the people of the States seen as threat to either dilutingor ultimately eliminating their individual liberty. In 1789 Congress and the President, JohnAdams first began to take these dangerous steps - an encroachment of the rights of the people of each State, when the Union Congress passed, and President Adams signed into law; the AlienSeditions Act, leading to Vice President Thomas Jefferson and James Madison retaliating withthe Kentucky Virginia Resolutions, later to be
known as the „
Principles of 98’
.The Citadel Bulldogs as they are known today. From the city of what used to be known asCharles Town South Carolina, (today known as Charleston, SC) were among the members of that States militia. After Major Anderson surrendered the fort to the Citadel and State of SouthCarolina's militia on April 13, 1861, the Union Army was then permitted to leave the fortwithout the threat of being harmed or captured. Outraged by South Carolina's arrogance and theembarrassment of the Union Army being physically removed from the State, RepublicanPresident Mr. Lincoln ordered the Secretary of War, Mr. Simon Cameron to muster 3 regimentsfrom each of the States in the Union of States in retaliation against the seven states who werenow called seditionists, for deciding to separate themselves from an overpowering andunbalanced government, that since 1798 had continuously encroached upon the rights of thepeople of the States . Five days later; on April 17, 1861, Virginia also voted and seceded fromthe Union.