Essay about The Endless Gun Control Debate

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The Constitution of the United States of America went into effect on March 4, 1789. It has been amended twenty-seven times. The first ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights. It contains valuable freedoms which the founders thought necessary and were left out of the constitution. The Bill of Rights was ratified on December 15, 1791. (United States Constitution) The Second Amendment to the Constitution has drawn a great deal of criticism especially in recent years. The topic of gun control is controversial, and issues involving it have gone to the Supreme Court. The Second Amendment 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 …show more content…
All militia members had to provide their own weapons and ammunition. (Harr, Hess, & Orthmann, 2012) This leads to the controversial issue with the Second Amendment. Was it created at a time when a militia was necessary and thus outdated today? State militias today are in the form of the Army National Guard and use weapons and ammunition provided by the federal government. Some believe that this makes the Second Amendment invalid. If the Second Amendment was written to pertain to the state militias of the time then it would no longer hold relevance today. However, this issue was addressed by the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller. The Supreme Court has mentioned the Second Amendment in several cases but few have been directly addressed the scope of the Amendment. District of Columbia v. Heller involved a dispute over a handgun ban in the District of Columbia (D.C.). In February 2003, six D.C. residents filed a lawsuit challenging the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975. The Act prohibited D.C. residents from owning handguns. The six residents were assembled by Robert Levy, who was affiliated with the CATO Institute. The CATO Institute is a research organization. Its stated mission is, “originate, disseminate, and increase understanding of public policies based on the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Our vision is to create free, open, and civil

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