The 2nd Amendment: The Expretation Of The Second Amendment

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According to Jill Lepore, a Harvard professor of United States History, a 1991 poll in the US found that people were more likely to know of the Second Amendment: the “right to bear arms” than they were to know the First: the freedom of speech, religion, and assembly (Lepore). This startling fact clearly shows that US citizens prioritize guns very highly, perhaps over our own freedom. However, the interpretation of the Second Amendment as the right of citizens to carry any and all types of guns wherever they want, is misconceived. The actual 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”. At the time the Amendment was written, …show more content…
The patriot’s revolution against British control would be the prime example of what James Madison had in mind when writing the Bill of Rights. According to Lepore, the 1970’s was when the National Rifle Association started to push the idea that the Second Amendment means anyone can carry a gun with them, instead of the people’s right to fight for the defense of all. The NRA influenced lawyers and the public to interpret the Second Amendment the way they wanted. The former Chief Justice Warren Burger even stated that this misconstrued view of the Amendment was, “one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word ‘fraud,’ on the American public by special-interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime” (Lepore). This view on the Second Amendment that the NRA created has caused a calamitous problem with devastating effects. The solution however, is obvious. Gun control laws in the US should be increased and made more strict because doing so will prevent tens of thousands of deaths across the …show more content…
The University of Sydney states that in the US there are currently about 270-310 million privately owned firearms, which is about one gun per US citizen. The rate of both illegal and legal gun possession is 101.05 firearms per 100 people (Gunpolicy.org). This number makes the US number one in firearms per capita in the world. This number of firearms has catastrophic effects. According to the book Guns and Violence, ten times more US citizens are killed annually by guns than were killed in the devastating September 11th terrorist attacks. Additionally, the number of US soldiers killed in the 11 year Vietnam War is less than the number of citizens killed by guns in two years today (Miller). So why do we mourn one and ignore the other? Everytown for Gun Safety is an organization that has catalogued every school shooting in the US since the horrific events in the December 2012 Newtown, Connecticut shooting that left 20 children and 6 others dead. Everytown has found that since that event there have been 120 school shootings, and the rate is increasing (“School Shootings”). Children being shot and killed while in a school, a supposedly “safe” environment, has become almost normal in the United States. Parents shouldn’t have to explain to their children what to do if a gunman comes into their school. The

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