We All Have a Right to Bear Arms
The preamble of the United States Constitution clearly states its objective: to establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity
The bill of rights is the set of amendments to the constitution intended to secure these objectives for the individual citizens of the United States. The second amendment states:
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.
This amendment was written in the wake of the revolutionary war, when the ability to raise arms against the imperial force made the new republic possible. Securing the ownership of arms as a right was central to creating a government that would not infringe on the liberty of its citizens. The use of arms however is the last option reserved for when all other attempts at the preservation of liberty have failed.
Today we live in a much different world than that of our founders. The rise of the United States into world dominance, the shift of population into the cities, and the increase of drug use and violence have produced great change in our society. Americans once feared the loss of the free state would come from foreign invasion or political corruption, but now the greatest threat is the violence we see on the evening news. The increase in violence and murder has sparked the greatest debate over gun ownership in our nation’s history. The second amendment has been reinterpreted by those who feel the mere presents of guns have led to increased violence. I believe that the threat vi…
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…[U.S. Department of Justice April 1994 ] With proper training a gun is an effective deterrent and a lethal defense.
Perhaps the people who know the best about gun control are police officers. In a 1978 survey of police officers all most unanimously agreed on mandatory prison sentences, stricter laws on handgun sales and increased requirements for handgun dealers. In this same survey they also agreed that citizens should be allowed guns in there homes for self protection. This shows that police officers know they can not protect everyone at once, at times it falls on the individual to make up there own mind on self defense.
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