When they approved the Second Amendment to the Constitution:
This is a typical firearm from the 1780s. A single-shot, barrel-loaded, flintlock rifle. What they could not have possibly envisioned is this:
An AR-15 with a full clip. This semi-automatic version of an M16—legal since the sunsetting of the Clinton-era assault weapons ban—was the weapon of choice last Friday morning in Aurora, CO.
Yes, Americans have the right to keep and bear arms, and as the Supreme Court ruled in D.C. v. Heller, this right is an individual one. But that right is not absolute. If it were, I could legally own this:
Or if I wanted something bigger, how about this?
We already draw a line. Is it time to reconsider where we draw it?