Re: 2nd Amendment Effectiveness
I agree with you. The 2nd was to ensure that the Civil War could occur. Jefferson would have had no problem a civil war, but I doubt he would have approved of The Civil War. (Which was not a true civil war as the South had no desire to control the whole country.) The South looked at it more as a war of liberation from an oppressive sovereign. The North had the desire to retain control of the South and so invaded. The South merely wanted a "divorce."
Somehow, I don't think ole Tom would have approved of the North's actions.
I would say that the ability to excercise the primary purpose of the 2nd Amen. has been abolished after the Civil War. We used to have the sword and the vote, now we only have the vote.
You've nailed it, excellent analysis. The 2nd Amen. now is taken to mean protection from others, not the right to secede or to resist a tryannical federal government.