The Role Of Guns In American Culture

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Adopted on December 15, 1791, the Second Amendment to the U.S Constitution protects the right of the US citizens to keep and bear arms. I chose this topic because in my country it is forbidden to do so. I will explain how this amendment was created and then show how guns are part of the American culture even though they are increasingly controversial.


With his arrival to the throne in 1689, Guillaume III reversed in the Bill of Rights, the law that said the possession of firearms was exclusively reserved for the rich. As British subjects, settlers could now own a gun. A revolutionary newspaper from Boston stated the rights of the colonists to own guns in an article. On December 15, 1791, the Congress adopted the Second Amendment
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The West was won with guns and all the movies like G Men, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Untouchables, Bonnie and Clyde, and more recently American Sniper… improved the American image of firearms in the culture.
Weapons are present in the urban areas of the northern United States, but they are mainly from the “gang phenomenon”. We do not find the same type of weapons in New York or Arizona. The culture of gun is much more present in the West and in the South. The “southerners” prefer to trust the local authorities and self-defense and in the north, the Progressive who voted Barack Obama does not have a gun. He trusts the authorities.
To increase this gun culture, gun shows are often organized in the United States. Those are weapons fairs where is presented the entire arsenal on the market. We go as a family; we try guns then go to train with the kids at the shooting range. It is a sociability event like the others.
We also find a lot of “guns and weapons” referents in songs (Hip-hop, rock, pop…) written by well-known artists such as Aerosmith (“Janie’s Got a Gun”), AC/DC (“Big Gun”), and even though The Beatles (“Happiness Is a Warm
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Its first goal is to “preserve the right of all law-abiding individuals to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S Constitution”. NRA is now considered one of the most influential political lobbies in the United States because of its ability to provide regularly a large number of votes during elections. In fact, according to the Washington Post, “261 congressional candidates have received donations from the NRA to campaign in 2012; 25 Democrats and 2361 Republicans” . 80% have won the elections and therefore sit in the Congress. However after the Sandy Hook’s shooting on December 2012, the National Rifle association remains silent on social networks. This new massacre reopens the debate on the regulations surrounding the right to own weapons. According to President Barack Obama on the BBC on July 2015, “The United States of America is the one advanced nation on Earth in which we do not have sufficient common-sense, gun-safety laws”. More Americans had been killed by gun violence than by terrorism since 9/11. During the BBC’s interview, President Barack Obama expresses his anger and his inability to change the law on weapons in the United States without the help of the Congress, until now governed by the

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