What are the Federalist Papers and why are they important to the issue of the second Amendment?
The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 essays published in late 1777 and early 1778 by John Jay, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, all using the pseudonym Publius, explaining, expounding and seeking to persuade New York to ratify, the Constitution. To my knowledge they have nothing whatsoever to do with the 2nd amendment because that was written by the first congress, after ratification, in 1789.
The 2nd amendment has a infamous words "A well regulated Militia" which many of the left wing gun control activist interpret to mean the military or national guard, the federalist papers explain what the found fathers, authors of the 2nd amendment, considered a "Militia" that being "all able bodied men" not a government power or agency. The Concerns layout out in the Federalist papers show that the 2nd amendment was including as the last line of defense against a over powered central government, ensuring the freedom of the people was never taken away.
So the federalist papers do play a fairly big role in understanding the 2nd amendment
It doesn't. The Federalist Papers were written in 1787 and 1788 during the ratification debates over the original constitution. The Bill of Rights was written in 1789, by the first Congress, after the constitution had been ratified and gone into effect. Federalist Paper #29 talks about a well regulated Militia. So the above statement is totally wrong. The Federalist Papers were attempts to get passage of the Constitution and the amendments were added as a…
First, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison wrote a group of papers called the Federalist (sometimes mistakenly called the Federalist Papers). Second, the federalists promised that a Bill of Rights would be added to the Constitution after ratification. They only had to convince the delgates. The "public " had no input in the process. Nor could they vote for the new Congress or President.
The Federalist Papers were not written during the Revolutionary War; they were written after the Constitution -- the second independent US government -- was signed and sent to the states for ratification, between October 1787 and June 1788. This was more than ten years after the Revolution. The first US government was organized under the Articles of Confederation in 1781, following the Revolutionary War.
Quite a variety of 'good subjects to argue about' can be found in regard to 'anti-federalist and federalist' matters. Put in question-form, two of the most important (and controversial) are the following: First, at what point does federal power move from 'reasonable' to 'tyrannical'? Second, do states have the right to secede from the Union?