Many are under the impression that if the founders of the United States had known of what horrible automatic and semi-automatic weapons would be
available today, they would have been more specific to include only muskets in the 2nd amendment, or wouldn't have made the 2nd amendment in the
constitution at all!
Actually, not true!!
In 1777, Philadelphia gunsmith Joseph Belton offered the Continental Congress a "new improved gun", which was capable of firing up to twenty shots
in five seconds, automatically, and was capable of being loaded by a cartridge. Congress requested that Belton modify 100 flintlock muskets to fire
eight shots in this manner, but rescinded the order when Belton's price proved too high.
The continental congress themselves, of all people!
So you see, they had full knowledge of guns far more faster and powerful than one-shot muskets. While this gun wasn't eventually produced, it would
be naive to say they had no knowledge of such weapons when penning the second amendment to the constitution. If they had knowledge of this gun, do you
really think America's founders, who were some of the most intelligent men to have ever lived, would have been stupid enough to think that guns would
never evolve and become more powerful than muskets?
There's a reason they kept it vague and said "right to bear arms" and not "a right to bear muskets." It's because they wanted the US Citizens
to have whatever the most powerful weapon available was, no matter what it was. They wanted the citizens to be equals to the government, not
Yeah, and they had horses and buggies, too. More people are killed by cars than by guns. You can have as many horses as you'd like, but dammit, our
Founders didn't know you'd have killing machines for transportation!
I guess since the internet didn't exist when the constitution was written, than we can all close this website down and exercise our 1st Amendment
rights through broadsheets printed on a Gutenberg press?
Let's take a modern example. Suppose some nation had just thrown off a totalitarian tyrant, like Libya getting rid of Gaddafi. What weapons did they
use? Rockets, grenade launchers, missiles, bombs, tanks, automatic weapons, cannons, artillery, aircraft. Would they say, "hey, we need to keep our
right to bear arms, let's make all weapons illegal except for one shot hunting weapons"? Not likely. Apply that to our Founders. They would say
"hell yes, we need to keep all of these weapons. The right to bear arms shall not be infringed!