Laws are an important part of keeping the country running in an organized manner. There are simply too many people to let things get out of hand. The government puts a lot of thought into amendments to the constitution. When the constitution originate, our country was a completely different place. The concerns of the community in 1791, when the second amendment was put into place, were very different. The constitution was made to undergo changes, as needed. The founding fathers were not naïve enough to assume that their ideals would last forever.
The second amendment is significant because it allow people to protect themselves against the very people that made the laws. The government in the United States promised to be a reflection of the general population. The people of the United States hold tight to the belief that they can rise up in defense if the government shows signs of straying from democracy. There are also many opportunities to protest when needed. Over time, however, this amendment has also guaranteed the right for people to protect themselves, and their homes.
The need for gun control is not a new issue, as there has been regulation in the past. Admitting of this, however, would mean that people may have to reconsider their stance. Those that fight to keep the second amendment in place as it is, fear extensive government control of weapons. The second amendment, however, needs to be abolished due to the lack of regulations on extreme shooting guns, such as assault rifles.
10. It is Outdated
The second amendment is simply not relevant anymore. Complete allowance of all guns in homes, is not in the best interest of the current population. When the amendment was placed in the constitution, there were no assault rifles. The guns that people could own were less damaging than many that are available today. The entire way that our culture does things has changed. We do not resist change when it comes to technology, or machinery. The changing of a law, however, often meets with severe opposition.
People are not expected to dress or talk the same as people did in 1791, the government should not be expected to adhere to ancient rules, either. Protection of the people was the main goal of the second amendment. With the reality of recent school shootings, the people do not seem to be protected anymore. The very law that set out to help the public, has allowed dangerous people to acquire guns.
The best way to stay current, is to reassess the laws on a regular basis. Their relevance can change when we make advances as a society. An outdated law can do more harm than good. There needs to be a mutual trust, however, between the people and their government. A few specific gun regulations does not mean that guns are completely abolished. Changes are meant to make gun ownership a more responsible reality, as opposed to the chaos that is now taking place.
There can easily be some misinterpretation of the amendment as it stands. Since so many years have passed since the amendment was formed, people have changed how the way they interpret it. There have been so many different people in power over the years that the original meaning has been lost. There have also been many protests by the public about the right to bear arms. This opposition has led to a lot of sensitivity over the second amendment. It can be hard to enforce the true meaning of it, as people tend to get overly upset over any mention of gun limitations.
The right to bear arms meant something different before assault weapons were invented. The modern population, however, wants this amendment to cover these changes. It was clearly never meant to do such a thing. When people begin to use the law to support their own interests, the results can be harmful to the community. The interpretation of each law is an important part of how we behave as a society.
The second amendment can easily be misinterpreted due to its limited clarity over certain types of weapons. This was not something that was an issue, or that could have been completely predicted. New laws would clarify things better so that proper interpretation would be the new norm.
There is nothing more important than maintaining the freedom of the American people. Many fear that repealing the second amendment may infringe upon their freedom. The entire point of the American government set up is to keep the government from gaining too much power. The people are supposed to have a say in how the country is run. The second amendment protects some of these freedoms.
It is important, however, to see what kind of freedoms are taken away by the second amendment, however. There are many situations where freedom is limited due to the ownership of guns. We now have to worry about violence in situations when we should not have to. Kids cannot go to school without fear of being gunned down. Venues, such as movie theatres, are in danger of mass shootings, as well. It is unlikely that school age children feel free into today’s society. Fear is a prison of its own.
Freedom should come with the ability to enjoy life without concern of losing your life. The freedom of safety is now compromised due to the standing law according to the second amendment. Freedom is a balance that depends on proper limits while still giving leeway for the desires of the people. Freedom diminishes when people take advantage of the wording of standing laws. There has to be a better understanding of gun control for these attitudes to change.
7. Military Based
The original ideas behind the second amendment were geared towards the absence of a professional military. Fears of the population at the time were centered on the possibility of a military that could rise up against the citizens. The second amendment put the power of defense in the hands of the people. This also meant that the general population had the responsibility to defend the country, as well as themselves.
An organized military, however, was deemed necessary for protection. The amendment was put into place to secure the rights of the people in case of an attack by the military. The right to bear arms was meant to make the general population more comfortable with the creation of a large militia. The people need protection to defend freedoms against other countries, however, they also want to be able to defend themselves.
These issues are not the same as they were in the 18th century. We clearly need, and appreciate, the military in our present time. The enemies in the 21st century are more likely to come from other countries, and revolve around terrorism. The fears have shifted from what they were in the past. We are not still in the stage of forming a country. Now that we are better established, some of these issues are not a concern anymore.
6. Personal Protection
People are now concerned about personal protection against each other, more than they are concerned about the infringement of the military on their lives. This is one of the main reasons that people are so adamant about keeping the second amendment. Society has become incredibly unsafe in so many ways. People prefer to be armed in case someone breaks into their house, or approaches them on the street.
People have, however, taken this to the extreme. They refuse to see any need for regulations on the types of guns available, and who should own them. The second amendment was not meant to allow for guns that people can kill their peers with. The guns available now, go far beyond the necessity for personal protection. An assault weapon is not necessary for fending off a home robbery.
Personal protection is not something that the government wants to remove. Many people, however, panic when it comes to changes in laws that govern rights. They fail to understand that personal protection is different from assault weapon ownership. Abolishing the second amendment means that new regulations are going to take place. These are not going to keep people from owning guns, altogether.