What If What You Knew Was Wrong?

Liberals know guns. When the Second Amendment was drafted no gun of the time was marked as below.

Early Colt AR-15 Logo on receiver

This is taken as proof positive, by liberals, that so called “assault weapons” were not contemplated by the framers and therefore not covered. Here is what noted authority on everything, Al Sharpton, has to say.

2nd Amendment Doesn’t Apply to AR-15s or ‘Assault’ Weapons. March 26, 2018 129. (Washington Free Beacon) MSNBC host Al Sharpton claimed Sunday that the Second Amendment does not protect the right of Americans to bear “AR-15s or assault weapons” because such weapons did not exist when the Constitution was written.

Al Sharpton:

According to the Volokh Conspiracy, that statement isn’t quite right. This leads us back to the eternal question. Are liberals stupid? Alternately, in their arrogance they believe everybody else is stupid. There is a more charitable possibility. Liberals lie about everything, every time to everybody. The listener has only themselves to blame if they suspend disbelief.

Here are several examples of repeating firearms that were around at the time of the founding or before. Manufacturers weren’t shy about ripping off each other’s designs, or copying or improving on the original. There is a possibility that for every design, noted here, there were additional regional designs.

Here is the story recounted in Volokh Conspiracy

Earliest repeating arms:  repeater is a firearm that can fire more than one shot without having to be reloaded. The first known repeating firearms date back to between 1490 and 1530, with guns that fired 10 consecutive rounds. A 1580 gun could fire 16 shots.

Kalthoff Repeating rifle (1655) Danish
Lorenzoni Revolver (1664) Italian 7 shots

Sometime before 1777, Philadelphian Joseph Belton demonstrated a repeating musket to the Continental Congress. He was trying to get Congress to fund the manufacture of the gun. He didn’t get his funding and the gun apparently never went into production.

The only evidence of its existence is the correspondence between Belton and Congress.[3] Belton described the musket as capable of firing up to “eight balls one after another, in eight, five or three seconds of time,” at a distance of 25 to 30 yards.[3] He also claimed to have a secret method of modifying this weapon to discharge “sixteen or twenty [balls], in sixteen, ten, or five seconds of time.”

Nock Volley Gun, (1776) English 7 shots

This gun was referenced in popular fiction, both Bernard Cornwall’s “Sharp’s” series and in Patrick O’Brien’s “Aubrey Maturin” series.

Girandoni Air Rifle (1804) 21 shots

Lewis and Clark carried several of these rifles during their expedition in 1804.

I had a buddy that explained that he had hit upon the perfect way to maintain a high enough GPA to remain in College. He took courses in underwater basket weaving. Everything was fine, until the day a bunch of SCUBA diving Navajos showed up. That was the beginning of the end.