homecomfort wrote:when the constitution was written to include the right to bear arms, it is unlikely the gun technology available back then would make it possible for one or two jerks to kill dozens of people in a few seconds. possible the 2nd. amendment needs,,, amending.
I would have to strongly disagree. At the time the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were drafted and approved there was no limitation on the type or amount of armament/artillery that the private individual could own. You as a private citizen could, if financially able, own a cannon. The most deadly and destructive weapon of the day. Just think of the carnage a cannon shooting an explosive shell into a one room wooden school building of the time would cause. How about the killing power of a cannon shooting grape shot into a schoolyard full of children. I do not believe that the founding fathers would have not known of the destructive potential of the armament/artillery they just guaranteed the common citizen could possess. The defect seems to be with the organic element and not the inanimate object or the precept that a citizen should be able to defend them self against a enemy large or small. I would have to concede that they may not have considered the repercussions of the average citizen possessing a nuclear device.