> Bad news, Brian. Second Amendment was written during a time when people
> carried flint-lock muzzle-loaders, when they were concerned with British
> troops crashing down the front door, when armed combat was an honorable
> affair. Unfortunately, the Second Amendment is one of the only Amendments
> to the Constitution that has not properly stood the tests of time.
A common misconception. At the time, private citizens owned fullscale warships with cannons, and many wealthy estates had armories full of guns and bombs a Montana survivalist would envy. The idea that a government-run army should be the only one to have such things was precisely the sort of tyranny we fought against.
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