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Second Amendment Essay

1113 words - 5 pages

Johnson, Daniel
English 104 Summa Paper
Mr. Nathanial Schmidt

The Constitution of the United States marked the start of a new form of government for the newly freed colonies. It established a system of government in which the US has had for over two hundred years. The Framers of the Constitution wrote it to “establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” It was created to protect the citizens of the United States and our freedoms. The Constitution is what sets the US apart from many other countries. The Articles of Confederation, Bill of Rights, ...view middle of the document...

The rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights are just as relevant now as they were in the time of the drafting of the Constitution. The problem of gun relation to violent crime does not stem from the existence of guns in America but rather the manner by which a criminal procures a firearm. “Nearly 60% of the guns used in crime are traced back to a small number—just 1.2%—of crooked gun dealers.” (Fact Sheet) Roughly 12,000 shootings resulting in death along with 66,000 non-fatal shootings annually are committed with illegally procured guns (Holt). This goes to show that making guns illegal will only leave the innocent defenseless against the criminals who are obtaining their firearms illegally. The creation of laws and regulations concerning guns only affects law-abiding citizens, essentially making the criminal’s job easier.
The second amendment 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.” When the Constitution was drafted, the issue of a militia was real and relevant. In today’s society there is no need for a well-regulated militia. Upon further inspection of the amendment different interpretations occur due to some grammatical discrepancies. “The Second Amendment is naturally divided into two parts: its prefatory clause and its operative clause. The former does not limit the latter grammatically, but rather announces a purpose. The Amendment could be rephrased, “Because a well regulated Militia is necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” For example, the founding fathers drafted our first amendment right in order to protect the distribution of anonymously authored pamphlets and the usage of privately owned printing presses. Obviously this is not a relevant issue in today’s society but no one is arguing that it no longer protects our usage of privately owned printers, copiers and fax machines.

In conclusion, the writers of the Constitution intended for the document to be the foundation of our government in the United States. The intention behind the Constitution was for it not to be treated like other laws and rules in our society that are subject to change at any time. It was made to remain as the foundational framework to our nation’s government to prevent chaos and...

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