What Is The Right To Bear Arms?

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On December 15, 1791, the first ten amendments contained in the Bill of Rights was passed. One of which was the second amendment and protects the right to bear arms. The amendment specifically 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". While this was pretty cut and dry for the time period in which it was passed. It has become a murky and grey topic as of present. As gun technology has increased extremely since the passing of the second amendment, it has become a heated and debated topic within the public and political communities. Increasingly so as the number of gun related murders and mass shootings have become more frequent in …show more content…
You can begin to see how this topic can divide the general public and create such heated debates. The answer is not a simple yes or no. I believe that the American people do have the right bear arms as the second amendment states. However, I don 't believe that Americans deserve to own whichever gun they deem fit. I also don 't believe that just anybody should be allowed to own a gun. I know that there is already a requirement to have a certain license to own the higher powered firearms. Are we naive enough though to actually believe that a license prevents citizens from acquiring them? It is only a piece of paper after all. No matter what law or policy the government makes to try and limit the types of guns citizens may own. The only way to ensure it is actually followed is to door to door enforce it or make the punishment for breaking the law so severe nobody wants to do it. However, neither one of those options of enforcement would ever realistically happen in …show more content…
This might not seem like a big number compared to the population that America has. However, the number of firearm related deaths is almost equal to that of the number of deaths resulting from car accidents. Car accidents can result from a number of different reasons. Some of which are unavoidable or not caused by human error. Firearm related deaths are all caused by humans. A person is required to pull the trigger of a firearm in order for it to fire. So then why has the public and government been increasingly blaming the gun versus the person? Why is it that people have not been looking at why the person committed the act and how we can prevent that? I believe it is easier to prevent a person from wanting to commit a firearm related killing then it is to prevent someone from obtaining a firearm if banned. Yes, maybe you will not be able to prevent all gun related deaths. However, with the mass shooting incidents, the majority of the time the shooter has some sort of mental health issue. Since it is the mass shootings that get people to push for gun control. Shouldn 't we then be focusing our efforts on what we can prevent realistically? I believe we should. I believe we would make better head way breaking down the barriers that lead people to not seek mental health help. What are some of the major reasons people may not get help for a mental health issues? They might not seek help for a variety of

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