The argument goes like this: The Founding Fathers did not know that we would have such powerful guns available to private citizens, and that means that they should be more highly regulated, or the Second Amendment should be changed.
It drives me crazy that people forget the whole purpose for the Second Amendment which is to ensure that the citizens of this country would not become subjects of a tyrannical Government and would have the ability to protect themselves from that Government.
I keep hearing absolutely ridiculous statements like:
- The Second Amendment was about muskets. People should only be able to get muskets.
- They had horses and carriages back then, and never envisioned a highway system with cars, and it is just like that with guns.
- The Government would never trample our rights like what happens in many other nations.
The real gist of the argument is that times have changed, considerably, and the Second Amendment should be changed because it doesn’t apply anymore. Of course, that doesn’t work, but they are grasping at straws.
Of course, if you look at the different Amendments, particularly the Bill of Rights, it is easy to see how they have been valid even in changing times.
First Amendment: The authors didn’t think about social media and the ability of every citizen to be a journalist, yet, they are all still protected by the First Amendment.
Fourth Amendment: The authors didn’t think about the need to protect electronic data, yet that data is protected from unreasonable search and seizure under the fourth Amendment.
Sixth Amendment: The authors didn’t think about legal entities like corporations, yet those entities have similar rights when it comes to trials and legal counsel.
Fifteenth and Nineteenth Amendments: The authors didn’t think about LGBT rights, yet they are protected as well when it comes to the right to vote.