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Should the United States institute more gun control?

  1. Fritz Isaacs profile image75
    Fritz Isaacsposted 3 years ago

    Does the United States need to institute more gun control? Does the Second Amendment protect citizens gun rights? What is your interpretation?

    2nd 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.
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    1. Silverspeeder profile image60
      Silverspeederposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      "the right of the people to keep and bear arms"

      It doesn't state specifically which arms they have a right to bear so maybe the US government should make that clear.

    2. HowardBThiname profile image87
      HowardBThinameposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I don't think we need more gun laws - but we need to enforce the laws already on the books against criminals who use guns in crimes.

      When a rampage shooter can get out of prison in 3 short years - we have a big problem.

      http://www.indystar.com/article/2013062 … -toughened

      Sure, there are gun "accidents" but the majority of gun-related deaths come from society's criminal element.

      Restricting, or limiting, guns by type will never work as long as we set rampage shooters free in a few short years.

    3. Seth Winter profile image83
      Seth Winterposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      It seems like people always remember the "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" but always forget the "shall not be infringed." People tend to also take the militia part out of context forgetting the era in which these laws were made. IE during a time where government oppression was very real and a war had taken place to liberate people from a tyrannical government.

      Remember our countries forefathers were rebels (terrorists/extremists) against the government...gun control isn't a new issue.

      Google the date June 19 1775.

      (British ordered Bostian to surrender all firearms or be deemed an enemy to his Majesties government....)

      1. Fritz Isaacs profile image75
        Fritz Isaacsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        So, basically the 2nd Amendment says that we can have arms if we arm in a militia. Should we only be allowed to have guns if we join state militias or create our own militant army?

        1. Seth Winter profile image83
          Seth Winterposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I don't think being in a militia is the pre-requisite to owning a gun, it states the right of the people to bear arms.

          1. Reality Bytes profile image93
            Reality Bytesposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            The right of the people to bear arms.  So that they are prepared to form a well regulated militia if necessary.

    4. Freeway Flyer profile image84
      Freeway Flyerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Hasn't this topic been beaten to death enough?

      1. Fritz Isaacs profile image75
        Fritz Isaacsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        This is an important discussion. Just like when the government tries to take away our 1st and 4th Amendment rights. It needs to be discussed or we will lose our rights.

        1. Seth Winter profile image83
          Seth Winterposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Militia

          Defines militia as a fighting force generally not associated with it's government. Because after all its the government that is infringing upon our nations constitution. Obama's recent anti-religious school speech along with the NSA's unreasonable searches has shown it's up to the people to protect our freedom.

          Now if only we could stop paying taxes that pay for the governmental programs designed to spy on us...

          1. Fritz Isaacs profile image75
            Fritz Isaacsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            So basically the 2nd Amendment was created to protect the rest of the Amendments! It is up to the people of this country to defend their rights. If those rights are infringed we can take arms if all else fails.

            1. Seth Winter profile image83
              Seth Winterposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              We should ask the NSA guys currently going through our phone records and emails because we are chatting on a forum about guns, what their opinion on our right to bear arms is.

    5. Onusonus profile image87
      Onusonusposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Funny thing about gun control, The United States is 3rd in Murders throughout the World. But if you take out Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC and New Orleans, the United States is 4th from the Bottom for Murders. These 4 Cities also have the toughest Gun Control Laws in the United States. Democrats also own every ghetto in the nation.

      1. wilderness profile image96
        wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Now that's an interesting datum.  Can you point to where it comes from?

 
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