PS1350 Week 1
The first ten amendments of the US Constitution make up what is known as the Bill of Rights. Written by James Madison in response to the requests from many of the states for better constitutional protection for individual freedoms, the Bill of Rights lists specific prohibitions on governmental power. I have chosen to discuss the second amendment for this week’s analysis.
The second amendment of the US 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.” In more simple terms the second amendment says ...view middle of the document...
I have yet been in a situation where the use of my gun was needed, and I hope that that situation never transpires. On a day to day basis we all venture out into a world of unknown evils, where at a moment’s notice that situation could occur. This amendment gives me the right to own a firearm, and in turn allows me to feel safer in my daily life. If not for the second amendment I would not have the ability to protect my personal well-being, as well as protecting the lives of my family and friends should the situation ever arise that I may need to use a firearm.
Yet even though I feel safer because of my right to bear arms others feel as though it makes the world a more dangerous place. Right now, as we speak, multiple states are in the midst of discussion on this very topic. Many states have hopes to put into effect gun control laws which, yes cannot completely take away your guns all together because of your second amendment rights, can put limitations on certain things. With more and more gun control laws popping up eventually there will be nothing left to put limitations on. The government may not be taking your guns directly but through their laws (loopholes) they are getting around your second amendment rights and taking them anyway. Being a supporter of the second amendment, I will do whatever I can to see that the right given to us by the very government trying to take it from us does not succeed in doing so.
O'Connor, K., Sabato, L. J., & Yunas, A. B. (2013). Essentials of American Government: Roots and Reform (2012 Election ed.).