Professor Meg Mott to ask ‘do we still need an armed citizenry?’ at Springfield Town Hall

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. –  Professor Meg Mott with Vermont Humanities Council will give her presentation “Do We Still Need an Armed Citizenry?” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Springfield Town Hall (3rd floor). The event is being sponsored by the town of Springfield.

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For most of its life, the Second Amendment was a very sleepy amendment. Unlike the First Amendment, which quickly raised the vexing problem of what speech is protected, the Second Amendment received very little attention from cities and states until after the 9/11 attacks.

In this presentation, professor Meg Mott focuses on the political theory behind the Second Amendment. Why did a “republican form of government” require an armed citizenry? What were the hopes and fears behind the Second Amendment, and why was it written in the passive voice? She’ll consider the arguments that support a 21st century reading of this most-cited Amendment and what constitutional arguments are being used to limit the gun rights newly afforded by the Supreme Court.

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15 thoughts on “Professor Meg Mott to ask ‘do we still need an armed citizenry?’ at Springfield Town Hall

  1. Caveat emptor. Ms. Mott clearly has no business being a ‘professor’. At least not when she misleads her classes with statements like:

    – “For most of its life, the Second Amendment was a very sleepy amendment”, and
    – “the Second Amendment received very little attention from cities and states until after the 9/11 attacks”.

    Here is a brief, and incomplete, history of cases involving the 2nd amendment since it was ratified, and before the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.

    1791 Bill of Rights (1st ten amendments) ratified
    1822 Bliss v. Commonwealth
    1875 United States v. Cruikshank
    1886 Presser v. State of Illinois
    1894 Miller v. Texas
    1934 National Firearms Act
    1939 United States v. Miller
    1992 United States v. Lopez

    Since the 9/11 attacks, we had the 2008 landmark case – District of Columbia v. Heller.

    But the history of the 2nd amendment is anything but ‘sleepy’, and these related court decisions will likely surprise some of you. Nonetheless, they are worth consideration, if, for no other reason, than to demonstrate professor Meg Mott’s incompetence, and to be suspicious of whatever ‘opinion’ she expresses on the matter.

  2. When we have access to drones, DEWs, nanobot/AI/5G technology, then we are on an even playing field with the oppressors.
    GUNS are no match for frequency weapons, drones with the operator sitting on some base somewhere in the world controlling with a joystick through a lens viewer, or the nanobots most of us now have in our bodies that are synched with wifi/frequencies known to control thoughts and behavior.
    We are outgunned, and outmatched.
    If we are actually talking about being able to defend ourselves against tyrants, we need to think how they think: My weapon is bigger than your weapon.
    The wrong people have access to those weapons of REAL destruction in 2021 – and the citizenry has pop-guns to fight back with.
    The wrong questions are being discussed.
    How did citizens become the enemy? And when were we outgunned?
    And what are we willing to do about it?

    • Not to worry. No war or conflict has ever been won without the common infantry soldier and his rifle. It’s why the want to take away the AR 15 platform away from us. There is now around 500,000,000 firearms in the hands of American citizens. During the revolutionary war the forces in the field never amounted to more than 3% of the colonies population yet we beat the greatest military of the time. What is 3% of 500,000,000 ?

      “The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it”.
      Thomas Jefferson

      • Last time I tried to shoot a satellite, or wifi frequencies, with my .22 or whatever… I missed.
        Its the invisible weapons being used as we speak via our phones and computers, satellites and pole antennas, the directed energy weapons used for crowd control…those weapons.
        UNDER AN IONIZED SKY by Elana Freeland details the weapons developed and currently being used against us to kill us. Just because they don’t make a big noise and go bang doesn’t mean they aren’t being leveled against us.
        And then there’s the big population killer contained in bioweapons developed in China to cure a nonexistant (or one that we have 99.6% chance of recovery from) illness – the cure being the real goal and killer drummed by well groomed reception of mass psychosis driven by fear.
        The weapons leveled against us we cannot SEE at this point.
        And unless we identify them, we will always fall before them.
        Guns might be a psychological defense, but I can tell you, DEWs can reach anywhere and you won’t know it except in the aftermath as you are wondering why your brain all of a sudden went foggy and you can’t think.
        We’re outgunned.
        We’re NOT outmanned.
        Noncompliance is our biggest weapon.
        Just say NO.

  3. I guess Meg Mott doesn’t watch the news because her question would be answered whether we need an armed citizenry or not and his name is Gen. Mark Milley

    inept and corrupt swamp of DC political hacks being embolden more then it has ever been to rule over us WE are the last line to straighten it out.. I’d suggest the Mott creature go live in Venezuela or Cuba or other place where guns have been removed from the citizens for 5 years before making stupid stump speeches to disarm Americans… maybe China would be a better fit for her…id10T to the max…

    • and bidumb saying he has f15’s and nukes to use against us wouldn’t stop us after seeing the most unfit pResident in history roll over for a bunch
      of 16th century goat humpers and leaving them all our weapons…

      • Ten AR16/M4s per Taliban fighter. Three pistols per Taliban fighter. And he wants an “assault weapons” ban sheesh.

  5. Second Amendment. Armed citizenry. Militia.

    Far better to have, and not need, than to need and not have.

  6. I’ve attended two of Meg Mott’s 2’nd Amendment seminars the last being at the Newfane library last year. She was not happy to see me as I gave a hand out ( below this ) to all the people who were in attendance. She glosses over the Heller decision she doesn’t say anything about the part of the decision that says we have a right to weapons that are in common use with our National Guards because the Guard is made up of citizen soldiers. To the question of do we need an armed citizenry we need to go no further than to read, The Founders 2nd Amendment by Stephen P Halbrook. If Meg read the book the presentation wouldn’t be needed. The writers of the Constitution wanted an armed citizenry it’s why the 2nd Amendment was put into the Bill of Rights which was demanded by a majority of the states in order to ratify the Constitution.

    ALL GUN CONTROL UNDER THE CONSTITUTION IS ILLEGAL! Government does not give us our rights. Our rights are not given to us by the Constitution. Our rights are given to us by God and are inherent to us as human beings and by the Laws of Nature. These rights that we are born with are affirmed to us by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments of the Constitution and specify what the government can and cannot do to us as citizens of the United States. Government’s only power is the power which is enumerated to it by the Constitution. The federal government, a state, county or town can not pass a law contrary to the Constitution. Article 6 the Supremacy Clause makes the Constitution the supreme law of the land. Under our Constitution the government is not delegated the authority to legislate, enforce, or adjudicate laws pertaining to the exercise of our rights under the Constitution – Period. The government is not delegated the authority by our Constitution to require the government’s permission to exercise any right affirmed to us under the Constitution. The government is not delegated the authority by our Constitution to compel us to waive our guaranteed 4th Amendment right to be secure from unwarranted interrogation, search, or seizure in the absence of probable cause of criminal conduct. Or compel us to waive our guaranteed 5th Amendment right to due process as a precondition to being allowed (or denied) the exercise of our right to keep and bear arms. This violation of our 4th and 5th Amendment rights happens every time that we are interrogated under penalty of perjury without probable cause that a crime has been committed when we fill out B.A.T.F.E form 4473 to purchase a firearm. The government is not delegated the authority by our Constitution to compel us to waive our 10th Amendment right to a federal government exercising only those powers delegated to it by the United States Constitution, and State governments are prohibited the exercise of any power prohibited to the States by the United States Constitution.
    The government is not delegated the authority under the 14th Amendment to make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States. Government is not delegated by our Constitution the authority to license firearm dealers or operate or fund the most powerful anti-rights government agency on the planet called the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Since no Amendment in the Bill of Rights has been repealed thru Article V or by a National Convention of States, the only legal way to change the Constitution, all existing gun control laws presently violate five Amendments of the Bill of Rights and goes against the settled law of two Supreme Court decisions, Heller vs the District of Columbia 2008 and McDonald vs Chicago 2010. Both decisions affirm that the people’s right to keep and bear arms is an individual right and that citizens are allowed firearms in common use, those small arms or those that operate like them and are issued to our National Guard which comprises of citizen soldiers.

    The purpose of compelled background checks as a precondition to allowing or denying the transfer of a firearm is to deceive firearm owners and prospective owners into unknowingly waiving their rights guaranteed by the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 10th and 14th Amendments so they will have no rights left to claim when the government decides to register and confiscate our firearms. We have a right to keep and bear arms, not a privilege to keep and bear arms. Our rights are beyond the reach of the government and no citizen has to ask government permission to exercise a right. Government has no authority delegated to it by the Constitution to deceive its citizens into waiving their rights or acquiescing to the loss of their rights by subterfuge, scam, fraud, or force. DO NOT VOLUNTARILY GIVE UP YOUR RIGHTS !

  7. ‘do we still need an armed citizenry?’ – Open borders, drug cartels, human traffickers, MS13, coyotes… Convicted criminals released from jail, no bond for release of apprehended felons, obvious felonies, assaults on people and businesses, decriminalized, not investigated, not prosecuted? Antifa/BLM riots, police demonized, persecuted and defunded… Biden arming the Taliban (at taxpayer expense…) Is that ‘do we still need an armed citizenry?’ a rhetorical question? Whom do we “protect” by disarming those who obey laws? Laws don’t disarm those who don’t.
    And the Second Amendment is not about “need.” It specifically tells the government what it cannot do. Without any “If.”

    • Of course, there’s more. Millions of mentally ill roam the streets of America because the left wanted to give them dignity in past and closed mental institution that kept dangerous people off the streets and on their medications. The problem is that we can’t argue with these idiots pushing a utopian society when they are to blame for the chaos we are currently experiencing.

      These robots of the disarm America religion are blinded by their own stupidity. America has not been invaded by a foreign army because they know that every square inch of populated America is armed. They also make up their own stories about the founding fathers as to why they wrote the 2nd amendment. All they have to do is read the federalist papers leading up to the writing of the constitution to find overwhelming evidence that proves them wrong. The leftist ideology to disarm Americans relies on the ignorance of the masses who are not educated and use feelings to make their case. People are lazy and they refuse to learn anything about the history of America’s founding.

      But here’s the important part, will this professor go out to confiscate anyone’s firearms? Will any politicians? No, they just use laws that violate our Bill of Rights. If and when our government decides to disarm Americans it will be the day that they will regret what they started. America is not England or Australia! Let’s hope that day never happens, perhaps they should think long and hard about the results.

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