Is It Time For Reform The Second Amendment?

941 WordsJun 23, 20164 Pages
Is it time to reform the Second Amendment? On June 12th, 2016, the United States of America experienced its worst mass shooting in history. At around 2 in the morning, an armed shooter walked into the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, soon to be engaging in open fire. By the end of the night, he killed fifty people and wounded fifty-three. The man was named Omar Mateen, a twenty-nine year old man who pledged his allegiance with ISIS. This shooting had such a large death toll because the perpetuator had used both a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun. Surprisingly, the FBI had a suspicion that this man had links with ISIS and interrogated him twice, but he was still able to obtain access to these dangerous weapons. This unfortunate event has instigated a debate over the second amendment in the constitution. The second amendment has been interpreted to grant individuals the right to buy and own guns. However, in light of recent events, the United States government should begin to reform our current gun laws and create legislation to impose stronger enforcement on guns. The second amendment of the constitution 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.” (Cornell Law) For over fifty years, the amendment has been interpreted to the courts that people individually do not have the right to own gun, but rather that this right is to be regulated by legislatives on the federal,

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