The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the rights of the people to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights.
The first successful design for a semi-automatic rifle is attributed to German-born gunsmith Ferdinand Ritter von Mannlicher, who unveiled the design in 1885. The Model 85 was followed by the equally innovative Mannlicher Models 91, 93 and 95 semi-automatic rifles. Although Mannlicher earned his reputation with his bolt action rifle designs, he also produced a few semi-automatic pistols, including the Steyr Mannlicher M1894, which employed an unusual blow-forward action and held five rounds of 6.5 mm ammunition that were fed into the M1894 by a stripper clip.
The previous two statements mentioned above (Thanks wikipedia) bear some important facts that I would love to share with you.
I myself firmly believe in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, I have hunted in the past and I have owned a handgun.
If the opportunity presented itself would gladly own another.
Now let’s do some math here……..
The Second Amendment It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights.
The first Semi-Automatic rifle was unveiled in 1885.
1791 – 1885= 94 years.
I don’t know what you think, but one thing is for sure, LOTS can change in 94 years!!!!
Just imagine….. 94 years ago it was 1918, most people didn’t even own a car and hell the average wage was $1,518! 94 years later in 2012 it’s $42,980 that is a $41,462 difference !!
See things change.
I am quite sure our Founding Fathers were not thinking about a lone gunman walking into a shopping mall, movie theater, crowded city street and let alone an Elementary school and killing everyone in sight!!
Semi-automatic weapons were not even invented when our Constitution was written, thus I am sure that most (if not) all of them would be rolling in their graves knowing what we have turned their work into!!!
I watch the news and hear: “I’m an avid hunter so I need my gun!!” or “I have the right to keep my family safe!!” and they are 100% correct!!!
This last shooting is estimated to have killed 26 innocent people in approx 15 minutes, so my question is this, When are you going to have the need to kill 26 people in less time than it takes to make a pot of coffee? Answer: NEVER!!!!
Guns do not kill people, PEOPLE kill people, but we have now opened the door to allow PEOPLE to do it QUICKER!!!
God have mercy on our souls and give peace and understanding to all the victims and their families……