Essay about The Right And The Second Amendment
There is no doubt that the United States is amid a crisis. There is a definite problem with guns. But will this problem be solved by stricter gun control laws? Will the American public feel that their Constitutional rights are being trampled? Personally, I feel that the latter is the case.
With considerably awkward 18th century speech, the Second 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.
For a very long time no one tried to decipher what this amendment actually meant. In this antiquated language, it was uniformly understood that the right protected by the text was limited in two ways: first, it applied only to keeping and bearing arms for military purposes, and second, while it limited the power of the federal government, it did not impose any limit whatsoever on the power of states or local governments to regulate the ownership or use of firearms. The late Warren Burger, who served as chief justice of the Supreme Court from 1969 to 1986, made a colorful statement. Responding to the NRA 's lobbying campaign opposing gun Smithey 2 control laws in the name of Second Amendment rights, Burger, a lifelong conservative, remarked during a television interview in 1991 that the Second amendment "has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud—I repeat, fraud—on the American public by special…