The Second Amendment; Should we Keep it or Loose it?
The Second Amendment has been mentioned quite frequently in the Presidential
election. There are candidates who support and do not support the Second Amendment. Some
politicians believe that the Second Amendment only applies to militias and not private citizens.
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.” As previously
stated, Justice Scalia believed that the Second Amendment did in fact extend to the private
citizen where as Justice Stevens did not. When reading the D.C. v. Heller case, you can see how
the Second Amendment can be interpreted in different…
It would seem that those who lived during the Revolutionary War period understood the
significance of private citizens owning firearms.
It is obvious that the U.S. has become more civilized since the 18TH century. However,
does that mean the citizens and elected officials should do away with the idea of private citizens
owning and possessing firearms based on that premise? Even media sources such as the New
York Times comments on the issue. The article “End the Gun Epidemic in America” that was
written by the New York Times Editorial Board states the following: “It is a moral outrage and a
national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill people
with brutal speed and efficiency. These are weapons of war, barely modified and deliberately
marketed as tools of macho vigilantism and even insurrection.” Granted, some of these firearms
that can be purchased are a bit questionable as to why a private citizen would need a certain type
of firearm. For instance, a Class III License allows a law abiding citizen to purchase a…
However, one cannot ignore that private ownership could very well have
served as a deterrent of invasion by the Japanese during World War II.
Today when you watch or read the news you will see some story about a shooting. You
may read the story and think to yourself is firearm ownership still viable? When you look at the
percentages of people affected directly when it comes to firearm incidents, the numbers are very
low. Unfortunately, you cannot predict if a person is going to use that firearm for good or for
evil intentions. This is why it’s called human nature. Human beings are hard to predict at times.
Maybe, that person could have had a bad day and want to take it out on someone. Does that
mean we should punish the whole population because of a few that choose to do misuse these
firearms? Some people would say yes. It is understandable why some Americans would say yes
to this idea. It is a reasonable assumption that most people if not everyone wants to feel safe
either on the street or in their own house. When you dial 911, the police may not respond in
time. So, wouldn’t it be prudent to retain this right instead of getting rid of or severely…