Essay about The Issue Of Gun Control

1392 Words Nov 4th, 2016 6 Pages
Most people think of three things when gun control is mentioned; the NRA, gun violence and gun laws. Although these are major players and concerns of the gun control debate, they do not tell the whole story. This paper focuses on the interpretations of the second amendment, current legislation about gun control, and the views of the candidates in this current election.
The Second Amendment is a key feature when discussing the American gun laws. “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” (Bill of Rights). When it was written and our nation founded, “Anti-Federalists argued that federal control of the militia would take away from the states their principal means of defense against federal oppression and usurpation and that European history demonstrated how serious the danger was” (Lund). The Second Amendment’s purpose stems from Anti-Federalists fear of strong central government at the start of our nation. But, the exact context of how the amendment applies is still debated today. Some of the interpretations include whether it refers to the individual right to own guns or citizens’ collective right for a militia to have guns.
Pro-gun owning advocates often cite the Second Amendment as proof to their gun-owning rights. They often back up their statement with the purpose of self-protection. Marjolijn Bijlefeld interviews multiple gun control players in her book, People For…

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