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The 2nd Amendment and Gun Law

Updated on February 17, 2018

The 2nd Amendment reads:

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.

When written, America was barely America. Many considered the USA as a colony of England under rebellion. America was at war with England for its freedom and there really was more militia than an American Army battling them. So naturally, in this context, in this time, the founding fathers included this amendment to encourage all Americans to have a gun because they may be called into a local militia to fight the British in their state, as was the case. In a time of war, this is expected especially if the army comprises of militia.

Those supporting guns cite this all the time and take it deliberately out of context to justify guns. Anti-gun supporters argue that this amendment is outdated for the 21st Century.

Gun control is the only answer but even that may be just a placebo. There are now more guns out there than Americans, so even if very tight control began, too much water under this bridge has happened in the last century. Tighter gun control would not impact the millions of guns already in the streets, it would at least make it harder to buy or sell a gun. But, if you expect this to make a real difference, you are fooling yourself. The only way to stop guns is to do what some countries have done, that is, outlaw them, with a grace period for owners to turn them in. Other countries have made it very hard to buy a gun and the waiting period is months or years. They have severely limited gun production, as well. This has worked but it took several years.

Do Americans have a right, a God given right, to own a gun? Many say yes, but know something more needs to be done after every mass killing, yet treat a gun as a sacred object. A gun along does not kill, obviously, so the person behind the gun is the issue.

Just how would a change to the 2nd Amendment even look like? Americans can only own guns under certain circumstances? How would states adopt this? Many would refuse to cede to Federal law, especially those gun states. Then what?

The gun issue is a quagmire that is not going to be solved very well. The Republicans refuse to act and the Democrats are not in power, and even when they are, they do not get much accomplished.

The killing will just go on and on and on.


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      In today's world, many own a gun. Not against owning guns, but is it a right to have one? The NRA would say, yes! What needs to happen is outlawing the AR15 and other related types and make it much harder to get a gun, make waiting periods longer. In countries where there are very tough gun laws, the kill rate is much, much lower.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      2 years ago from Ohio

      It is a quagmire. At the same time I think it is important for Americans to own guns for at least hunting. There are places where most protein is hunted. I'm very unsure about automatic weapons and even side arms. I can understand wanting a shotgun or a rifle, but the rest are only made for killing people, in my opinion.


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