The Right to Bear Arms

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In the United States the right to own a gun is enshrined by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The text of the Second Amendment reads: “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” (Adams, 2004). The founding fathers borrowed this idea from Niccolo Machiavelli, the Italian thinker. He wrote about the weapons necessary for freedom to defend themselves, to hunt, and to protect the state against foreign invasion. For two hundred years, this tradition has become an integral part of American culture that spawned many cultural phenomena that have become the hallmark of the United States. For example, duels in the desert areas of the…show more content…
A representative of the State Teachers' Association, in Texas, spoke out against the initiative, noting that teachers should not turn into armed guards. After the President unveiled new radical proposals aimed to reduce the number of crimes involving firearms, CBS News in conjunction with the New York Times, conducted an opinion poll. The poll showed that Americans support the main part of the presidential proposals, including compulsory identity cards issued to gun buyers, the necessity to check the "black list", the creation of a national database and restrictions on the sale of guns in stores with high capacity and ban the sale of automatic guns. On the question of whether they support gun control laws governing the sale of firearms in general, the majority of respondents - 54% - were in favor of stricter rules on arms sales, while 53% believe it will curb the rise of violence with firearms. However, not all respondents support additional gun control laws. Gun Control is more popular with Democrats and a slight majority of Independents. At the same time, such strict measures were supported by only 31% of Republicans (Backus et al., 2013). The President proposed to expand access to mental health databases, since it may contribute to the prevention of violence with firearms. Also, schools would be able to strengthen their security and intelligence services could expand the exchange of information on suspicious persons

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