Gun Control Laws And The Rights Granted Under The Second Amendment

1673 WordsJan 7, 20167 Pages
"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 " (US Const). Although written over two hundred years ago, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is still indispensable today. With thousands of innocent Americans murdered from the use of a firearm every year, there is a strong calling for stricter gun-control laws and regulations. Yet, every day United States citizens are forced to use their firearms for protective purposes, frequently saving their lives. While firearms pose a threat when in the wrong hands, restricting their use to only law enforcement is not the answer to ending gun violence. Though the rights granted under the Second Amendment are imperative and must not be stripped away, there are measures that should be taken in order to prevent gun violence, including the expansion of more stringent and thorough background checks and the increase in mental health screening. The paramount function of the rights granted under the Second Amendment is the ability for citizens to protect themselves from violent or intrusive attacks. Millions of Americans own a firearm for defensive purposes, most commonly to protect against an intruder. In fact, four to six percent of gun owners reported using a gun for self defense within the last five years (Sowell). Not only is the use of firearms for self-defense common, but it is also highly effective. Crime victims who

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