Talk to a gun nut and you will inevitably hear them babble about the Second Amendment as being absolute. “Shall not be infringed! Shall not be infringed! SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!!!!! The Founding Fathers WANTED all of us to have guns to defend against blablabla.”
But there’s just one little detail about the Founding Fathers that gun nuts always seem to ignore: They lived over two centuries ago.
Here’s a short but brilliant commercial that shows why that makes all the difference in the world:
And that’s the problem with an amendment written about guns over 200 years ago; It has little to no bearing on today. When the 2nd Amendment was written, guns could only shoot one bullet at a time (and not very accurately). It was literally impossible for a single person to commit mass murder. By the time even the quickest of shooters could reload, someone would have knocked their ass to the ground.
In that context, everyone having a gun made perfect sense. You would need a, ahem, well-regulated militia, to kill a room full of people. In that context, guns did not give any one person the power of life and death over dozens of other people.
But, of course, advances in technology have turned guns from a tool meant for hunting and war into a weapon of mass destruction, capable of killing 20 children in 5 minutes. No sane person would think the Founding Fathers, who created the Electoral College because they didn’t trust the average American’s intelligence, would want those same people to have that kind of power. It’s one thing for a well-regulated militia to take up arms against tyranny blablabla but it’s quite another for a single “patriot” to be able to walk into the Senate chambers and kill everyone in it without having to stop to reload.
Welcome to Gunmerica. Hope you survive the experience.