Wednesday, December 26, 2012

1,800 MPH

A bullet traveling in the neighborhood of 1,800 mph is a compelling reason for gun control. Nothing else in our normal surroundings travels near that velocity with that much destructive energy generated by an individual employing a single finger. A car possesses more destructive potential but can’t approach the velocity of a bullet. Nothing in our normal surroundings can. That uniqueness is the reason for unique treatment of guns and gun ownership. Musket projectile velocities in the eighteenth century, when the Bill of Rights was written, were a fraction of current projectile velocities.

Legislation intended for the musket is inadequate for modern weaponry.