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The Evolution of Guns

The Evolution of Guns

This infographic focuses on the idea that gun technology has changed radically over the last 200 years, where as the fundamental laws enabling gun ownership in America have remained largely unchanged.

This infographic does not deal with statistics about gun violence but simply compares the power of weapons now and then.

In 1791 when the 2nd Amendment, “the right to bear arms” was adopted, a highly trained solider could shoot 4 rounds per minute. Today using a semi-automatic rifle someone can shoot 40 rounds minute.

Considering the enormous evolution of guns since 1791, it begs the question, “we have the right to bear arms, but is it right to bear arms”.


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  1. stuff that matters · December 15, 2012 Reply

    [...] and enacted, the average Joe was loading a musket for a top firing rate of 4 rounds per minute: If we want to get serious about the amendment–to take it that literally–then fine, have [...]

  2. Viral_Frost · December 15, 2012 Reply

    I’m quite sure your comparison is misinformed. A musket an exact type of gun, while semi-automatic is a feature that a gun can have. Please balance your data for better results.

  3. bardicraptus · December 16, 2012 Reply

    Just to make sure we are all clear. This info-graphic is suggesting that the 2nd amendment should be changed because firearms technology has changed? I’m guessing hotbutterstudio is either a troll, or naively unaware of all those firearm laws that infringe on the right to bear arms.

  4. Bob Dole · December 16, 2012 Reply

    In 1791, the most common conversation was on your house’s porch.
    Most porches were capable of holding 10 people.

    In 2012, the most common conversation is held online.
    Online forum conversations can be witnessed by millions of people.

    It would take more than one hundred thousand porch conversations to equal one Internet conversation.

    The number of people you can speak to has changed, but the First Amendment has not.

    We have the right to free speech, but is it right to speak freely?

  5. Danny · December 18, 2012 Reply

    Let them have single shot muskets to protect their families. Make it legal for everyone to carry a single shot firearm. Any gun owner should also have to pay liability insurance for the prevention of shooting sprees and mass murder. I don’t see the right to posses ammunition in the constitution. There are several ways to control guns.

  6. The Constitution and Gun Control | ryanhoffman19 · January 13, 2013 Reply

    [...] powerful assault weapons.  Semi-automatic rifles are capable of shooting 45 rounds per minute.  These are not the guns that Jefferson and his peers imagined when they drafted the Constitution.  Relatively speaking, [...]

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