Gun Control Laws And The United States Essay

1197 Words Feb 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Prior to the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October of 2014, one officer requested a Taser to better diffuse the conditions. No officer near the scene had another non-lethal way to deal with the situation at hand (Give Cops). This is exact testament contributes greatly to the need for gun control laws–even in law enforcement. There are those who support gun control laws in the United States and there are those who oppose gun control laws. Gun control laws should not violate a citizen’s right to bear arms, however, these laws should exist in order to assure security for the country as a whole. Firstly, most gun enthusiasts interpret the Second Amendment in the wrong ways. The text of the Second Amendment contains that “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.” Gun enthusiast have interpreted this as a guarantee to “keep and bear arms,” while this was not the original intent that the amendment possessed over two centuries ago. “From its passage until the late 20th century, the 2nd Amendment to the constitution was interpreted to protect the rights of states to maintain militias and for militiamen to sustain arsenals. In the early years of our country, there was no standing Federal army” (Sager). Chief Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger expressed his opinion on the interpretations of this Amendment by gun lobbyists when he stated that, “the very language…

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