It blows my mind that I’m still seeing posts and meme’s deigning to talk down to me about what the Founding Father’s ‘meant’ when they talked about arms. Those wonderfully moronic statements that try to convince me that the Founding Fathers were just talking about muskets, swords, bayonet, and cannon… that they never envisioned the weapons we would have today… could theses posters be more obtuse? And these are educated people! People I would consider otherwise intelligent!
I have to keep reminding myself that those people are pushing a narrative and an agenda, that they are purposefully ignoring or twisting the facts and circumstances. And often are lost in some Pollyanna wonderland where they have themselves convinced that in our ‘advanced’ culture, things that happened back then could ‘never’ happen again.
Now, I’m not a Founding Father, I had no hand in writing the Constitution, and I’m not so arrogant or delusional that I think I have some kind of moral authority to tell you what they all were thinking and what they could possibly envision, but I can tell you this;
This is a group of individuals who had just fought/were fighting a war of independence against a larger power- an organization, a government that presumed the right to tell them how to live, and to extract from the fruits of their labors. With that mindset, one realizes that they were probably asserting that ‘The People’ should have the weapons necessary to throw off whatever another group, organization, militia, or government could bring to bear against them in order to remain free- arms of equal power.
That being said, of course they weren’t talking about muskets, cannon, swords, and bayonets, they were talking about arms– that’s why the Constitution says ‘arms’ and not ‘muskets’, which tells us that they did realize that arms would become more advanced- beyond their own imaginations; because they knew how far technology had come in a relatively short time. They could not tell you exactly what the future held, but they knew that it held wonders and dangers beyond their ken.
The evidence and the circumstances support my theory with regards to what the Founding Fathers were thinking when they wrote the second amendment, not some half-witted assertion that they were just talking about muskets.
Self Defense is a civil right (that includes arms), and we live in a dangerous world. Get over it and start taking responsibility for your own safety. Safety, by the way, that is not guaranteed; no matter what some power-seeking politician or fearful pansy tells you.