Local paper had this editorial... http://www.phillyburbs.com/blogs/ne...cle_1b67d4d0-197b-5469-b9ca-9e96e923c16a.html "Its words are simple and to the point: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Under extreme political pressure, Madison wanted to assure the Southern states that Congress would not undermine their slave system by disarming their militias, which were then their principal instruments used to control slaves. The amendment was ratified in late-1791, four years after the Constitution was ratified and the same year the earthshaking slave revolt and revolution occurred in Haiti. That was no coincidence." This "theory" is new to me...the author even has posted in the comments section below the article that there is no direct supporting evidence for this, and that a few historians have taken selected bits and pieces of historical writings to come up with this. Thoughts?