The Issue Of The Second Amendment Essay

1102 Words Feb 5th, 2016 5 Pages
A man walks through his own home, frightened for his life, as an unknown intruder skulks, just out of view. The intruder leaps into view, brandishing a knife, but raises his hands in an act of surrender. The man has his trusty shotgun pointed at his assailant, who is quickly whisked away by the authorities. No one needed to die today, and yet another family of innocent civilians was saved by none other than a firearm. Thousands of stories just like this one happen each year. Gun control receives much news attention and is a particularly touchy subject that the nation is split on, given that the difference betwixt either side could mean life or death. There should be, in our great country, far less gun control for the reasons of the second amendment, that is has not boded well in another country implementing such drastic measures, and that it has not and would not stop tragedies large or small. Of course, some may dispute the second amendment, yet others still beg to differ. "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of the free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed" (Vernick and Teret). These are the core of what America was founded upon. Furthermore, the Kansas constitution dictates that the state militia is composed of "All able bodied citizens between the ages of 21 and 45 years" (Vernick and Teret).
The second amendment is one of the defining features of the U.S. Constitution and the bill of rights therein, and…

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