Every week in the News, there are more stories concerning gun control and clashing viewpoints over what we should do in order to eradicate or at least reduce gun violence without leaving people defenseless or trampling on the right to bear arms. The right to bear arms is outdated, misunderstood, and being wrongly applied in order to justify guns when guns are not usually needed. This is a strong statement to make, and many people might stop reading right there, or already start scrolling to the comment section so that they can voice their disagreement. People need to realize that the amendments are like the Constitution. They were not intended to be written in stone. They were not meant to be seen as the only possible way of doing things regardless of a changing world. I think the 2nd amendment needs to be scrapped, but until then, let us take a look at what it really says. The entire amendment actually starts with, A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and the right to bear arms, shall not be infringed. What this really is addressing is the need for a militia, or common law ability to deter tyranical government, repel invasion, and participate in law enforcement. The right to bear arms was written in a time when the US was still trying to pull away from its English rulings, so it is really meant to prevent another tyranny like that experienced under British rule. Although self defense was a part of enacting this statute, that too was based in a time specific context. Not only did arms at this point not necessarily mean guns, but guns were far less deadly than they were today. In fact, most people never even had guns back then, because they had to be imported and expensive. They were frequently inaccurate, and could only shoot one bullet at a time, making the context of how dangerous these weapons are completely different than in modern day. Let me just leave you with gun control statistics on the right to bear arms. There are countries that have tight gun control. These countries experience, across the board, lower gun death rates. The US has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world. Compared to other developed nations, it has one the highest rate of gun deaths, homicides, and suicide. For the US, this was 10.2 per 100 thousand in 2009. For Finland, the closest developed country, this rate was 4.47.
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