Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting my research on the Second Amendment in several parts.
The United States of America, currently one of the strongest powers in the world, is suffering from immense internal violence. Many different factors contribute to the problem, but gun violence is one of the biggest culprits. The United States has the oldest active Constitution, which was written in 1787. 27 Amendments made to the constitution, the first Ten would be the Bill of Rights, adapted in 1791. They stated basic human rights (such as freedom of speech, religion, etc.), listing several prohibitions on the government’s power..
Written in the 1791, the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights reads as follows: “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.” There are different interpretations for this Amendment, but it’s apparent it was written for the benefit of the people.
In 2016 the world is vastly different. Instead of using the Second Amendment for the right reasons, people have started abusing their power. Mass shootings and murders have become a weekly, if not a daily phenomenon in the United States. At this point, we have to make a change for our own safety and security. It’s time for the United States to adapt new laws for regulating firearms, to limit the availability and accessibility of firearms, and to start fighting crime from a different angle.
1. @brinstitute. “Bill of Rights – Bill of Rights Institute.” Bill of Rights Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2016.
2. “Second Amendment.” LII / Legal Information Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2016.