Piers Morgan tweets Second Amendment technology ignorance

by DAVID CODREA, The Examiner  |  published on December 6, 2012


Another high profile media personality has poked the same gun owner hornet’s nest that resulted in a swarming against NBC football announcer Bob Costas. CNN talking head Piers Morgan used social media to call for more gun control and to characterize the Second Amendment as outdated, Market Daily News reported today.

“Quite incredible that Bob Costas makes an impassioned plea for less handguns, and Americans go crazy with indignation,” Morgan tweeted on Monday. “He’s 100% right.

“The 2nd amendment was devised with muskets in mind, not high-powered handguns & assault rifles,” he tweeted moments later. “Fact.”

Except it’s not. Gun Rights Examiner dissected a common claim by anti-gun activists that the Founders could not have imagined today’s firearms technology when they wrote the Second Amendment, and found it without merit, listing technological developments – some of which had already been around for hundreds of years – that showed advances in firearms development that were known and in use at that time, such as pepperbox revolvers, volley guns, breech loading rifles and the Puckle gun.

That link has been tweeted back to Morgan, but not responded to at this writing. Whether he does or not is immaterial (and if he does, experience shows he may take his time), as it’s been incontrovertibly demonstrated that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about — something that makes exploiting his image as a perceived authority with a mass audience all the more irresponsible.

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