originalism is a principle of interpretation that tries to discover the original meaning or intent of the constitution.
Today, originalism is popular among political conservatives in the U.S., and is most prominently associated with Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Robert Bork
and of course this:
The original intent theory, which holds that interpretation of a written constitution is (or should be) consistent with what was meant by those who drafted and ratified it.There's more of course, there always is, but there's the heart of it. So let's ask, what was the original intent of the second amendment?
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.Ok, first off, we have a well regulated militia. Presumably original intent was the regulation was by the state, and in fact, the militia itself was organized by the state. This says nothing about a bunch of yahoos dressing in camo and running around in the woods calling themselves a militia. That's an unregulated, private army, that can and should be banned by the state. I very seriously doubt the original intent of the founders included very much patience at all for private armies.
Then we have keeping and bearing arms. Original intent, in terms of original arms would mean smoothbore flintlock pistols, smoothbore flintlock muskets, and flintlock rifles. These are the weapons the colonials carried. There is not a single recorded passage anywhere concerning a colonial carrying a glock.
Glocks reportedly were used in recent mass murders at a Connecticut elementary school, a Colorado movie theater, and an Arizona event attended by a member of Congress .
The Glock 18 is a selective fire variant of the Glock 17... This machine pistol-class firearm has a lever-type fire-control selector switch, installed on the serrated portion of the rear left side of the slide. With the selector lever in the bottom position, the pistol will shoot fully automatic, and with the selector lever in the top position, the pistol will fire semi-automatically. The firearm is typically used with an extended 33-round capacity magazine, although other magazines from the Glock 17 will function, with available capacities of 10, 17, or 19 rounds.It seems to me somebody a long time ago decided fully automatic was not exactly in keeping with original intent, or maybe just too frigging dangerous to allow, but here you have it, a semi-auto, 33 round magazine, will fire as fast as you can hit the trigger, and if you know what you're doing, you can modify the trigger to fire if you breath on it too heavy.
That's far, far from original intent. When do we at long last decide we have had enough?