In the discussion thread: A random thought about Second Amendment absolution [View all]
Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #4)
Mon Jan 14, 2013, 12:58 AM
jmowreader (30,395 posts)
Thanks to the advances of technology, we have produced guns that can do things the Founders couldn't even imagine.
I have fired a Brown Bess Musket - the standard weapon used on both sides in the American Revolution. It was a reproduction, but still a Brown Bess. With enough practice, I could fire about two shots per minute. Some of the really serious reenactors could fire four. Let's say your average Colonial grunt could fire three. If someone decided to shoot up a school with a Brown Bess and he could fire four rounds per minute, the people he was attacking would have fifteen seconds between shots to beat him up, wring his neck and impale him on his own bayonet. It would have been very difficult to conduct a massacre with one Brown Bess.
The guns we have now are a different story: even a bolt-action hunting rifle with a three-round fixed magazine could do far more mayhem than a Brown Bess-armed assassin could dream of.
The other thing is, in addition to not having the tools to conduct a massacre we didn't have the desire. NO ONE walked into a school and started killing kids back then. They didn't do it 75 years ago. We had more of a sense of community then.
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