HAD TO BE TOLDIn 1791 the Second Amendment made sense. Our young federal government had no standing army. Militias, composed of armed citizens, were expected to quell rebellions, resist invasions and keep order. While the president had ultimate authority, the states were charged with organizing and manning the militias. The South feared the more populous North, particularly the distaste for slavery among the northerners. Slavery was vital to the South’s economy but not the North’s.