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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 10:23 PM

A random thought about Second Amendment absolution [View all]

As the Right will remind us at every opportunity, the Second Amendment states "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

And as the Left will remind us at every opportunity, in 2012 about 87 people were illegally killed with a gun in America every single day. If you calculate that exactly, 31,755 people are murdered with guns every year.

In the late 1700s, there were somewhere around 55,000 residents of the city of Philadelphia. Divide it out and you will see that at America's current rate of gun death, the entire Constitution-era city of Philadelphia could have been completely depopulated in approximately 21 months.

If someone were to invent a time machine, go back to the Constitutional Convention, and inform the Framers that in 225 years or so, gun-toting criminals will shoot dead a number of people equivalent to the entire population of 18th-century Philadelphia in 21 months, they might have written the Second Amendment differently?

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