[Rushtalk] Does the Second Amendment Still Apply to Modern Firearms?

Carl Spitzer cwsiv at juno.com
Sun Sep 23 07:25:15 MDT 2018

Does the Second Amendment Still Apply to Modern Firearms? 

By ngnadminLast updated Aug 31, 2018 18 Shares 

If you’re going to argue that the Second Amendment should only apply to
weaponry that was available at the time the Constitution was written,
you have to be logically consistent and apply the same argument to other
Constitutional rights. If you do this, though, you end up with some
major problems.

Using the logic of gun control advocates who say the Second Amendment
doesn’t apply to modern weaponry, the First Amendment would not apply to
modern forms of communication. In other words, in a world where the
Constitution only applied to the technology of the time it was written,
the government could legally arrest you for something you posted on the
internet or said on television.

The problems don’t end there, though. Since vehicles weren’t invented
when the Constitution was written, the Fourth Amendment – which protects
against warrantless searches – would not apply to warrantless searches
of your vehicle. And since electricity wasn’t invented when the
Constitution was written, you can’t classify electrocution as a form of
cruel and unusual punishment.

Of course, none of this is at all the logical reality of the
Constitution. The truth is that the founding fathers knew that times
would change even if they could not foresee how and always intended the
Constitution to apply to past, present, and future realities in America.

Weaponry of the Past

Gun control advocates who say that the founding fathers would not have
written the Second Amendment the way they did if they could have
foreseen the destructive capabilities of modern firearms do not fully
understand the reality of the weapons that were available at the time.

In 1791 – the date the Second Amendment was written – there was much
more available than just muskets. This is a point that NRA spokeswoman
Dana Loesch brought up when presented with the “Second Amendment should
only apply to muskets” argument on CNN’s recent town hall. In addition
to muskets, weaponry at the time included primitive hand grenades,
cannons capable of launching explosive rounds as well as grapeshot which
could easily kill an entire crowd of people, mortars, and more.

Interestingly enough, many of these weapons are illegal today but were
not illegal at the time the Second Amendment was written. Suffice it to
say that the founding fathers were well aware of the destructive
capabilities of weaponry and chose to include the Second Amendment in
the Constitution regardless.

The True Purpose of the Second Amendment

Those who argue that modern weaponry should not be covered under the
Second Amendment do not understand the Second Amendment’s true purpose.
The founding fathers were not all that concerned about an individual’s
ability to hunt for food, or even an individual’s ability to defend
themselves from an intruder. What they were very concerned about,
though, is the ability of the American people to rise up against a
tyrannical government.

Having just defeated a tyrannical government in the Revolutionary War,
the founding fathers were terrified that the country they were founding
would eventually devolve into a tyrannical country like the one they had
rebelled against. The Second Amendment was intended to be a safeguard
against this.

With this being the case, it is essential that the militia – defined as
the whole of the American population – be armed with weaponry that gives
them a fighting chance against a tyrannical government. If anything, the
founding fathers would likely be concerned that the weaponry available
to the American people today is not powerful enough in comparison to the
weaponry available to the American government rather than being
concerned that modern firearms have become too powerful for citizens to


The argument that the Second Amendment should only apply to muskets is
one that holds little water, however, it still persists among the
highest ranks of the gun control crowd. Hopefully, the next time you
hear this faulty reasoning you will be armed with the information
necessary to dismiss it.

~ National Gun Network



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