When the Bill of Rights was drafted, the 2nd Amendment was added to allow state governments to form armed militias. In 2008 Supreme Court justices raised on Western movies decided that the Constitution guarantees firearms to individual gunslingers, not just well-regulated militias.
The military firearms known to the Founding Fathers were single-shot, muzzle-loading muskets that could fire slow-moving lead balls 2 or 3 times a minute, at best, with accuracy up to about 60 yards. Even if the framers had conferred military gun ownership as an individual right, they could never have envisioned weapons that hold 30-round magazines and fire 45 aimed rounds a minute at 3,500 feet per second with 600 yard accuracy, like the rifles favored by America’s mass murders.
“What ‘arms’ looked like when the 2nd Amendment was written,” Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post
“Omar Mateen Had a ‘Modern Sporting Rifle,’” Justin Peters, Slate
“This Is the Assault Rifle Used by the Orlando Mass Shooter,” Mark Follman, Mother Jones
“Family of AR-15 inventor: The weapon wasn’t meant for civilians,” Rebecca Savransky, The Hill
“What an AR-15 Can Do to the Human Body,” Sarah Zhang, Wired
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