The Constitutional Expretation Of Stricter Gun Control

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Times have changed in what is now called modern America, and the constitutional interpretation of the Second Amendment that was drafted in 1789, has always been a prickly subject, especially with the shockingly high incidents of gun-involved transgressions. Stricter gun control laws and licensing will not save lives; Americans have a constitutional right to own handguns (Barrett). The plea for tougher gun control laws continuously moves to the forefront when tragedy strikes, for example, Susan Milligan, a political and foreign affairs writer, reminds her readers of an instance when a twelve year old boy in New Mexico, took a shotgun to school in a musical instrument case and shot two of his classmates. He came from a family of hunters, not …show more content…
With that said, the guns that are owned in today’s modern world are not the same ones used when the Second Amendment was drafted. History shows the firearms used during that time were long arms that could only discharge once before they had to be reloaded, unlike today’s guns, where the size, capacity and speed are much smaller and quicker, firing almost instantly and continuously with increased killing power. Henceforth, LePore brings to light in his article, “Battleground America,” just how obsolete the original meaning of the Second Amendment is with regards to ”…a well-armed and well-regulated militia…” Lepore states that there is no need for civilians to have to arm themselves with the way it was intended in 1789, due to the fact that America has its national defense system in place now …show more content…
John R. Lott Jr., author of More Guns, Less Crime, reported several occurrences where there were attempts of violent attacks in which citizens had to defend themselves with a handgun. Handguns are used as more of a deterrent in cases like these. The armed criminal is more afraid of being shot than of being arrested (31-32). Through the years, American gun owners believed in a compromise over gun control laws, “give me this now, and I’ll take the rest later, is how David Hardly explains it in his article “Why Gun Owners are Right to Fight against Gun Control.” The first group targeted was the small inexpensive revolver, then the larger assault rifles, or anything that looked like a machine gun. Gun owners had already learned by this point that their opponents would go for any target of opportunity, restricting more in the future, and not finding a solution to the crime (Hardly). The National Rifle Association reported that there were over three million firearm-related checks conducted in December 2015, with a forty-three percent increase from December

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