During the presidential debate the other night there was some discussion about automatic weapons, so I will clear it up.
Pictured at right is an automatic weapon. When it is loaded and you cock the hammer the cylinder automatically rotates. When the trigger is pulled it automatically fires, when the hammer is cocked again the cylinder automatically rotates again and when the trigger is pulled it automatically fires.....again.
This procedure will automatically fire all six rounds.
In 1873 this was a state of the art military weapon. When the second amendment was written all anyone had was single shot, muzzle loading guns. It could have been argued that no civilian "needed" a weapon to fire six shots this rapidly. It fired self contained cartridges, no need to load a wad and powder and a ball down the muzzle before an ignition source was deployed (cap or flint)
Here is the trap we fall in when we let the liberals tell us what the second amendment means and what it was intended for. In 1873 if they had a liberal government this gun could have been banned because it serves no hunting purpose, it was designed to fire six shots as quick as possible and could be reloaded in less time than a muzzle loading rifle which was a single shot. Fortunately they understood the second amendment was given to allow citizens the ability to protect themselves from tyrannical government, the founding fathers did not want government bullying the citizens, this was our whole reason for independence. This makes some uncomfortable and it should make government uncomfortable.......government should be afraid of the citizens, it keeps them righteous, but they are not. They have run roughshod over our rights and freedoms and are striving to make us powerless to do anything about it.
A man in shackles can run his mouth and claim 'freedom of speech' but armed citizens are the only thing stopping the government from establishing total control.
More detail in, Can You Handle the Truth