Gun Rights And Gun Control

1842 Words Oct 24th, 2014 8 Pages
The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution protects the rights of individuals, concerning the right to bear arms. Amendment II was adopted on December 15th, 1791. Gun rights and gun control groups alike have been lobbying Congress for decades to craft legislation in their respective favors. Twice in the past two years the gun issue has reached the nation’s highest court. In the 2008 Supreme Court case District of Columbia vs. Heller the court ruled that the Constitution protects an individual’s right to own a gun for personal use (Blocher, 816). Excavating the gun debate from the constitutional rubble may be a step in the right direction, as it could enable a more direct discussion of the proper role of gun rights and gun control in the United States, freeing from misunderstandings and misinterpretations of constitutional doctrine (Blocher, 815).
In class we examined the four prerequisites for conflict to emerge, the first step being “How a group identity is established?” In the case of Gun Rights and Gun Control, group identity is established by the founding fathers, along side amendment II. The United States is considered a free state, and Amendment II articulates that in order to keep the free state, citizens must hold the right to keep and bear arms (de. Leeuw, 1455/1458). The presence of armed citizens is what keeps the government "honest". An Ascribed Identity is a characteristic you are born with; most, if not all people in this country…

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