posted on Jan, 7 2014 @ 09:33 AM
Well for starters, at the time our founding fathers adopted the 2nd Amendment & the Bill of Rights, everyone had muzzle-loaders and the biggest
available weapon was, more than likely, a canon.
Please, go and actually research firearms of the times. There were repeating firearms at that time, not just muzzle loaders.
While I do realize that some "repeating rifles" were indeed making their debut at the time the Constitution was adopted, they didn't actually see
service in America until the Civil War. (unless you're talking about the Girandoni Air Rifle carried by Lewis & Clark in 1804) On the other hand, I
didn't realize that there was a controversy regarding "repeating rifles" now.
Hell, my bolt action deer rifle and my pump shotgun are both "repeaters." On the other hand, neither of them will hold more than five rounds and you
have to manually eject and re-chamber each one. A far cry from the gas operated, fully automatic, assault weapons with 30 round clips that we see
If the amendment was just for firearms of the period, it would have been stated. I am fairly confident that the people that created the documents were
aware of invention and technology progress in all fields.
So if I were to say that, "had they intended for this right to be extended to all future variations of firearms, it would have been stated," would my
statement be factual as well? Give me a break!
IMO, there is absolutely no way that a reasonable person could interpret the 2nd Amendment right to own & bear arms to include all present and future
The same way that it became necessary to institute the "Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988" to combat plastic firearms from being carried on to
airplanes and into courthouses, new innovations in firearm technology will demand that we re-visit the issue from time to time and apply some "common
But, if we work on your failed login, then you should have no problem with me walking around with a cannon, or having several around my house ready to
fire. Please also go and research as to the types of rounds a cannon of the period were able to fire.
I never said that I thought you should be allowed to own a cannon, much less walk around with one.
On the other hand, I'd just bet that you'd have a much harder time wheeling that bad boy into an elementary school or movie theatre without attracting
a whole lot of attention, much less getting your target to hold still long enough for you to get a round off. Even then, after you got that round
off, then what?
edit on 7-1-2014 by Flatfish because: (no reason given)