Here we find yet another attempt to promote the old “The-2nd-Amendment-Only-Applies-to-Muskets” argument. An oldie but a goody.
The weapons with which Madison was familiar were essentially muskets, in addition to rudimentary pistols and rifles. A competent user could take a single wildly inaccurate shot, and then find himself rummaging around with a ram-rod (and a powder bag he had to tear with his teeth) for over a minute before being able to take another. There was no way an individual could maim two people before being subdued, let alone 32 as at Virginia Tech, or 26 in Sandy Hook Elementary – the site of what is now the deadliest school shooting in US history.
We have heard it all before. The Founders didn’t envision modern weaponry and, therefore, the 2nd Amendment doesn’t apply to this technology.
Of course the same argument would apply to the 1st Amendment protections of the press, wouldn’t it? The Founders didn’t envision radio, television or the Internet and, therefore, the 1st Amendment protections associated with them do not apply. Only newspapers printed with manual, hand set presses can be used and newspapers must be delivered by horse power, sail boat or river barge. Beyond these 18th century limitations, constitutional protections of the press just don’t apply.
I doubt the “muskets only” crowd would agree, however.