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What are some political,social and economic changes caused by the second amendment?

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  • 8 years ago
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    There weren't any caused by it. It and the rest of the Bill of Rights were intended to preserve rights anti-Federalists feared could be jeopardized by the new federal government the Constitution put in place. The Constitution created many political and some other changes.

    The revolution and the Articles of Confederation following it created most economic and social changes here. Here is what happened after that.

    The current structure and principles of government here in the US are all wrapped around the very fierce battle between Federalist Party bankers and merchants and anti-Federalist farmers and tradesmen. The latter soon formed the Democratic-Republican Party ultimately known as the Democratic Party (today's Republican Party wasn't formed until the 1850s). The anti-Federalists strongly opposed many Federalist policies and did not trust the new constitution the Federalists wanted; so they demanded our Bill of Rights to protect themselves (and us) against domination from the Federalists.

    The primary reason the Federalist bankers and merchants called for a convention to alter the existing (then) constitution (the Articles of Confederation) was because that constitution allowed states to shut out businesses from other states. Those articles formed a "confederation" of independent states. Those were like independent countries aligned together without the overriding federal authority we have today.

    The Federalists also wanted a "well regulated (meaning fully trained and equipped) select corps of the young and ardent" to put down rebellions like Shay's the year before against Massachusetts banks. Anti-Federalists didn't trust the Federalists nor their new young militia corps drawn from the existing militia of all available able-bodied males; so they dedicated the new militia to first defend their states from federal domination and they registered citizens' rights to military arms for fighting with or against that new young militia.

    The third major problem was the original confederation depended on states passing on to the confederation assembly excess tariffs the states collected and didn't need for processing imports. The assembly never had enough funds to operate I suspect because no matter how much was collected by the states there just seemed to be not much left over to pass on.

    The arguments between Federalists and anti-Federalists, under many compromises hopefully students are still taught, resulted in the new Constitution we have today. Fallout from the conflict between the two factions eventually cost Federalist leader Alexander Hamilton's life from a dueling wound, and culminated in our Civil War decades later.

    The compromises were wrapped around the philosophies that: people should be free to live their own lives however they will against the attitude they need to be guided and protected, states should remain independent and aligned only for mutual protection (confederation) against them being overseen by a guiding and balancing federal authority (federation), the needs of sparser rural cultures be balanced against the much different needs of denser urban cultures with protection for the rural people against domination from the growing urban majority.

    Source(s): For decades I studied philosophies, cultures, and social institutions. I began that because of confusion resulting from my military experience under the shadow of neo-Marxist anti-military and anti-capitalism indoctrination in the universities. I continue a forty year quest wading through the huge pile of stinking crap a wide variety of bigots dumped on top of truth hiding it from nearly everyone's view. The pile was made by blaming people they don't like while excusing people they do like regardless of where the fault really lies.
  • 8 years ago

    We fought our Revolutionary War for that right, and broke ties with a Monarchical form of government to establish a Republic. (The British wanted to confiscate our forefathers' arms.) That was a big change.

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