Right to Bear Arms (part 1)

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The Second Amendment of our Constitution was ratified in 1791. Before then, “The Brown Bess muzzle-loading smoothbore musket was one of the most commonly used weapons in the American Revolution” (Wikipedia).

The Brown Bess, “was capable of firing approximately three to four shots per minute and was a “flint-lock musket, meaning it would use flint in order to spark the gunpowder loaded into the gun to eventually cause the metal ball/bullet to leave the barrel” (Wikipedia).

When the founding fathers wrote the Second Amendment, this was the type of weapon that was on their minds not the type of assault rifles we have today. Frankly, I believe that if these men were brought back from the dead today, they would be ashamed and question why we did not do anything to amend the Second Amendment so that it protects us from ourselves.

Anachronism

anachronism-largeMany moons ago, as Mark Morris and I walked from 890 Broadway toward Union Square Station, Mark asked what I was up to. I told him that I was dancing in Twyla Tharp’s company and that she was incorporating some of what I know about Breakdancing into her choreography. After a brief silence Mark said, “You’re an anachronism.” Perplexed I asked, “What’s that?” Mark responded classically, “Look it up.” Initially, I did not want to look it up because coming from Mark, it couldn’t be good – not in an evil way, but not good because the answer may have a deeper meaning that I may not want to confront.

Branded into my skull for years like a splinter, I finally looked up the word.

Full Definition of anachronism

1:  an error in chronology; especially :  a chronological misplacing of persons, events, objects, or customs in regard to each other

2:  a person or a thing that is chronologically out of place; especially :  one from a former age that is incongruous in the present

3:  the state or condition of being chronologically out of place

In short, Breakdancing was something of the past and that I was capable of better.

As I have matured with age and experience, I have developed a vocabulary of my own in which Breakdancing exists but does not prevail and this word, anachronism has become an underpinning for most of what I do as a reminder to never be complacent, never settle, and always evolve.