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The 2nd Amendment was not intended to make popular insurrection easier. Just the opposite. It was intended to make it easier for states to put down mob uprisings (like Shays' Rebellion, which immediately preceded and energized the Constitutional Convention) by ensuring that states had the means available to do so, i.e well-regulated state militias.

The problem with this interpretation is that it flies in the face of all the very similar legal opinions/statements (including state constitutions) that were written well before Shays' Rebellion, were very clearly explained at the time as protecting an inherent individual right and were basically a given when the Second Amendment was drafted.

To say one incident over-rules literally thousands of years of history regarding the right (including a very strong explanation of it from William Blackstone in England, upon which our legal traditions were built) and which those who wrote the the document referenced repeatedly is, well... rather unbelievable frankly.

They got it 100% right in Heller IMHO, it is and was always intended to be an individual right, and indeed has been viewed as such far more than otherwise outside of some fringe legal opinions in relatively recent times. The "right to a militia" doesn't stand up to any legal or contextual scrutiny. I can recommend plenty of books that prove this beyond any doubt written by several different legal/historical scholars...

That debate's over, frankly. Your side lost, twice in fact. Sorry, that's the way it is.
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