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The Importance Of The Second Amendment: The Right To Bear Arms

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The second Amendment was passed by Congress September 25, 1789, and ratified December 15, 1791 in the first 10 amendments that form the Bill of Rights. (Brooks, 2013) “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. (Brooks, 2013)”

After the ratification of the second Amendment many Americans have been arguing over the meaning and the interpretation of the amendment. Some have argued that the meaning of “A well-regulated Militia” clause means the right to bear arms for only those in the official militia to carry guns legally (Brooks, 2013). On the contrary, others believe that the amendment gives every citizen of America the right to own firearms, free of federal regulation, to protect themselves in the face of danger (Brooks, 2013).

After the second amendment was ratified in 1791 the Supreme Court took part in a case challenging the state and federal laws of the second amendments. (Board, 2010) In the 1876 U.S. Supreme Court ruled that, “The right to bear arms is not granted by the Constitution; neither is it in any manner
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After the incident, James Brady devoted his life to the fight for gun control. (Johnson, 2014) In 1993 the Brady Handgun Violence and Prevention Act bill passed. The law requires background checks on firearms purchases from federally licensed dealers in the United States, and imposed a five- day waiting on purchases. (Johnson, 2014) Some have argued that the Brady law has no impact of the gun control issues and the Brady Bill seems to have been a failure. In 2012 after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre government officials and Congress revisit the impact of gun control that Brady Law has. (Johnson, 2014) Yet, other believe that Brady Law had a lasting impact on gun
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