I'm getting sick of the anti-gun snobs pointing out how the writers of the 2nd Amendment could have had no idea how far weapons could advance in the future. What contempt they must have for this Country and these great men. Some of the Founding Fathers were amateur scientists, inventors and dabbled in cutting edge mechanics, astronomy, optics, clock making, agricultural fields and the like! They actually had successful careers and pursuits outside of politics, unlike todays sorry politicians they had to earn a living of their own! These men were true forward thinkers in a time when things were rapidly advancing and The Second Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791. You can't tell me that people of that time weren't talking about repeating rifles as the next evolution in firearms. Things like this don't happen overnight, they start out as an idea or a need and the trial and error begins! The Girardoni Air Rifle was an airgun designed by Tyrolian inventor Bartholomäus Girardoni circa 1779. The weapon was also known as the Windbüchse ("wind rifle" in German). Maybe the first, maybe not? I'm sure other drawings of other repeating rifles existed well before but never were made. Yeah I know, an awkward repeating air rifle is a far cry from full or even semi auto but we're talking about what these people envisioned that was a possibility on the horizon of firearms advances. Anyway I'm gonna try and use this argument instead of the also good, "right to bear technology of the 1700s means right to bear arms of today's tech too!" just to shake things up a bit!