We've heard it all before. Liberals pretend to be originalists on the Second Amendment, claiming that the founders couldn't have fathomed semi-automatic weapons in the age of muskets. By that logic, the internet would be subject to censorship because the first amendment only mentions "freedom of the press". The founders didn't limit liberty so arbitrarily, but still, their claim about modern weaponry is just plain wrong.
Repeating weapons that did not require reloading after single shot were documented
to exist in Europe as early as 1490; they were in production just before the American Revolution in England. Because such weapons were constructed by craftsman, the technology to mass produce them affordably did not yet exist, as the components needed to fit together with precision. It cannot be true that the founders didn't know that the Second Amendment would lead to the ownership of such arms.
As a matter of fact, James Madison, author of the Second Amendment, acted while president to develop this technology. According to David Kopel's analysis
in the Washington Post, "During Madison’s presidency (1809-17), Secretary of War James Monroe (who would succeed Madison as president), successfully promoted legislation to foster the development of firearms technology. In particular, the federal armories at Springfield, Mass., and Harpers Ferry, Va., were ordered to invent the means of producing firearms with interchangeable parts."
History refutes this argument, which means liberals are arguing without historical facts.
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