The Issue Of Gun Rights

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Americans and Guns have prolonged history together, and there is ongoing debate on gun rights and its controls. Discussions have been held on the issue of gun rights since ancient times. Political theorist John Locke and Jean Rousseau observed the ownership of weapons as a sign of personal liberty and an important element of government. Similarly, Federalist James Madison shared the same views that Americans have advantage of being armed and should not fear the government. Patrick Henry also declared, "The great principle is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able to may have a gun”(Guns and Violence, 2014). According to the Second Amendment of the constitution, Americans have right to bear arms which is state as "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to security of the free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed" (2). The Second Amendment faces the great controversy as its opponents argue that the second Amendment allow only military forces to the right to bear arms. On the contrary, It supporters debate that the amendment is for the protection of general public which is a part of general militia. Congress proposed gun laws to resolve the discussion among debaters and to regulate the sale of weapons to protect the citizens from gun violence. The laws also vary from state to state to carry arms and apply restrictions to prevent children and youth from gun violence. Although, the gun control laws prohibit the possession of…

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