“This gives the lie to the gun grabbers silly idea that the framers of the 2d Amendment didnt even contemplate modern high capacity repeating rifles.”
Another way of looking at this - the founding fathers absolutely anticipated the unpredictable. This is why they set forth a clear process to amend the constitution. So, if a gun grabber uses the above listed argument, challenge him to amend the constitution. They know that won’t happen, because the people are against it...they’re just trying to circumvent the will of the people.
Yet another argument - what about all the technological advances that could not be predicted concerning speech. Bloggers publishing without editors? The spoken word broadcast hundreds of miles on radio waves? These weren’t predicted. So lets ban high capacity speech and limit radio stations to 10 miles broadcast radius. Lets make bloggers go through a federal background check before they post. Its the same thing right?
Plus the fact that both Jefferson, and of course Franklin were avid inventors.
Absolutely. Remember, one of the enumerated powers of Congress was, and is, under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution:
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, byk securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
The only resonable interpretation of this clause is they anticipated many unknowable and wonderful discoveries would be made in the future, wanted to encourge them, and understood the inaventions and disoveries that impacted the First and Second Amendments would also be protected by those amendments and the patent clause. Otherwise they would have written exceptions into the First and Second Amendments for discoveries and inventions made after the effective date of those amendments.
Beyond doubt, they were the most brilliant and inspired political thinkers ever to walk the earth, and God graced us with them.