An article by Drexel Law Professor David S. Cohen in Rolling Stone magazine about repealing the 2nd Amendment contained so much false information that Rolling Stone should issue a retraction notice and an apology.

I wrote the following to him: You wrote: “When the Second Amendment was adopted in 1791, there were no weapons remotely like the AR-15 assault rifle and many of the advances of modern weaponry were long from being invented or popularized.”

That’s false.

The most advanced weapon in 1791 would probably have been either the Kentucky long rifle, capable of firing two or three .60 balls per minute out to an accurate range of 300 yards, or the 6-pound field gun, which could fire a variety of projectiles 1500 yards, usually one shot every two minutes.

The AR-15 as you surely must know uses .223 in. diameter bullets, about one third the diameter of the Kentucky long rifle so the Kentucky Long Rifle was far more powerful and being shot by a .6 in. dia bullet was and still is far more lethal.

The Orlando shooter used at least 103 bullets. Firing 103 large bullets from a Kentucky Long Rifle would have done far more damage that the Orlando Shooter dis.

And he did not use an AR-15. He used a Sig Sauer MCX rifle.At least know what gun the shooter used. The MCX can use the .223 dia bullet as well as many other calibers.

In 1791 the 6lb cannon was neither the largest nor the smallest of the field guns. That’s far more powerful than the .223 in. diameter bullet of an AR-15, the point being there were weapons more fatal than a .223 in dia. bullet of an AR-15.

Yes, I considered the rapid fire of the AR-15 but that wasn’t available in 1791 by either side. The point is a non-sequitor.


You wrote: “When the Second Amendment was written, the Founders didn’t have to weigh the risks of one man killing 49 and injuring 53 all by himself”
Hand grenades were used even before the Constitution was written. One h and approved so the statement about one man killing 49 in 1791 is false.


One shot from one small caliber pistol could have immobilized or killed Omar Mateen. Note that America is the only nation that supports guns for gay people.

You seem to regard people as incapable of controlling themselves yet it’s done all day, every day and not just in America. That’s the basis of identifying and locating the idea of Rights in the individual. Note government doesn’t need Rights. Government has Power. Power trumps Rights.

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