Gun Regulation And The Rights Of A Free State

1807 Words Aug 14th, 2014 8 Pages
Similar to most essays related to gun regulation I believe a good place to begin would be The Second Amendment that 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." Now the question is what the significance of this clause is. Does this entitle every citizen the right to possess any weapon they want? According to a Gallop poll most believe the constitution not only protects a well-organized militia’s right to own guns, but every individual’s right. The truth of the matter is that the second amendment does not protect every citizen’s right to own a weapon. Anyone that reads the amendment and understands the English language can clearly see that the second amendment protects a “well regulated militia[‘s]” right to own weapons. Currently almost anyone can own most types of weapons, but this is not protected in the constitution. Since this has been cleared up we can move on to what should be done now in the 21st century related to gun regulations.
Some pro-gun advocates believe there would be some limitation obvious limitations on what weapons citizens should be able to own, for instance nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction. Some go further, and declare that heavy military equipment such as tanks and bazookas should be illegal. Some others believe that reasonable controls on items such as automatic high capacity weapons are alright. There is much disagreement…
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