Gun Control And The Second Amendment Essay

822 Words Aug 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Regular citizens are able to have access to guns due to the Second Amendment in the U.S. Constitution. There are many different reasons for the use of guns and those reasons may vary in different states. Some people may find the use of guns as recreational, while there are others that possess a gun as a way to make themselves feel safer. The use of guns is a debatable topic since there are some who wish to have the right to possess a gun freely and there are others who believe that guns just create more violence. The guns that citizens have access to have evolved over time. When the Second Amendment of the Constitution was put in place, the guns had the capacity to shoot around 2-3 shots per minute in the hands of an experienced person. Even then, the muskets had to be used short ranged otherwise there would be a decrease in accuracy. Modern day semi-automatic handguns, on the other hand, are able to fire 215 shots per minute (Palmer). The guns that people used decades ago have evolved to become killing machines, but the Second Amendment still has not changed. With the potential of modern guns, individuals are able to commit disastrous events such as the Sandy Hook incident and the shooting in the Florida nightclub. The Sandy Hook incident involved an armed gunman that shot and killed 26 people, those of which included 20 elementary school students and 6 adult staff members (n.p.). In the Florida gay nightclub, 50 people were killed (Alvarez and Pérez-Piña). With the…

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