Don’t Know Much About History

There’s a silly idea going around that since the Second Amendment was written in the 18th-century, it only secures a right to possess muskets. I suppose that folks who believe that must have slept through History class during the section on the American Revolution.

Yes, most of the soldiers in the Continental Army and most of the patriot militias were armed with smooth-bore muskets. Most. Not all. Indeed, the use of rifles by some militia units helped turn the tide of several key battles, the Battle of King’s Mountain, for instance.

So the Founders, when they wrote the Bill of Rights, understood that it was likely that the personal weapons of militiamen could be more advanced than the general issue weapons carried by Regulars.

I’ll let that sink in for a moment.

That idea that the militia’s personal weapons, i.e., those possessed by the general populace, would probably be better than those provided to the regular Army stands in stark contrast to the current notion that citizens have no need for equipment that is almost, but not quite, as effective as that issued to active duty troops.

If we were to take that approach to gun control, … Well, I doubt the anti-gun crowd wants to go there.

4 thoughts on “Don’t Know Much About History

  1. Living in a world where “history started ten minutes ago” as well as other ahistorical crap leads us to weirdness like this.

    We live in a world with history. Unfortunately far too much of our cultural elite likes to act as if there is no history at all. There is a past and it informs our present.

    This may be a root to the cognitive dissonance of living in the second half of The Age of Obama.

  2. The Government wants to tell us that we do not “need” thirty round magazines. So there are those who wish to ban, or deny access to “Full capacity” magazines.

    Is it the duty now of the government to say what we “need”… Hmm?

    Who needs an automobile capable if speeds in excess of a hundred ten miles per hour, when speed limits are rarely found over seventy.

    Will the government then demand weaker engines or perhaps speed limiting governors on our cars, because we do not “need” to drive all that fast ?

  3. Right. And the internet didn’t exist, so the 1st Amendment doesn’t apply to it and should be properly appled only to the large printing presses in use at that time.

    Mormon Church didn’t exist, so freedom of religion can’t apply to them.

    I guess some morons just can’t understand that some principals and rights apply regardless of time or application of technology.

  4. Aside from the fallacious premise of the argument, it has the facts wrong as well. The Founders were well aware and covetous of a repeating weapon. In another enormous difference between the government then and now, they decided that running the Belton Flintlock would be too expensive, so they passed on it.

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