Essay On The Pros And Cons Of The Second Amendment

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According to a transcript by Mary Lomtadze-Jackson, the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that "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." (Christian 2016). The general understanding of the second amendment is that it was a law that was passed to allow common citizens to possess firearms. It, therefore, has a number of advantages and several shortcomings as well. I would like to begin by discussing the pros of this second amendment. Mary Jackson was an aeronautical engineer and a mathematician, she was an advisor to national aeronautics and space administration in the United States of America. She writes a transcript on pros and cons of gun control after introduction and passing of the second amendment. …show more content…

With a firearm, one could be in a position to protect on self in case he/she has been attacked. Research shows that about 55% of criminals or attackers retreat when the attacker has a gun at hand. Another study also shows that in an event of an attack, those that used guns to resist the attacks were less likely to get injured unlike those who used their hands, canes or a baseball bat for example. With a firearm, one could also protect a group of people, for example, his/her family from an attack. This is also evident from the book ‘More Guns, Less Crime’ by John R. Lott where he argues out that if the number of firearms (concealed-hand-gun) permits is increased, the rate of violent crime would be reduced. He goes on and offers two theoretical rationales; the concept of deterrence and the substitution

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