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The Second Amendment and what it means for gun control

For several years there has been a growing movement in the US dedicated to the introduction of gun control. The recent Parkland High School tragedy brought the issue to the forefront of the news again. The push towards controlling gun ownership and use has grown in strength, with the numerous student protests a sign that many people believe that something needs to be done, in order to reduce the amount of gun-related atrocities that occur in the country.

However, the NRA and its supporters quote the second amendment of the US Constitution as entitling individuals to own a gun. The truth is that the vast majority of people who own guns and gun gear do so for a valid reason and act in a responsible manner. However, there are individuals who use weapons to cause harm on a large scale. So, how does the second amendment fit in, and what could the future hold?

What is the second amendment and is it still relevant?

The second amendment is a statement of just a few words that have a lot of power.

“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.”

It’s important to remember that the second amendment was adopted into the United States Constitution on December 15, 1791. The world was very different then and the US was still in the early stages of being an independent country, following the War of Independence. It could be argued that the relevance the amendment had at that point is limited today. However, there are two sides to the discussion, and many people believe that it’s still important for US residents to be able to protect themselves using a gun.

What does the future have in store?

There is little doubt that many US citizens believe that gun control measures are a good idea. This includes around half of gun owners. Even President Donald Trump has spoken out about something needing to happen, from arming teachers to completing more background checks.

Right now there does not seem to be any clear indication of what, if any, action will be taken, with regard to gun control measures. If any measures are introduced they are likely to fall foul of legal challenges from the NRA, as they do not believe that restrictions should be imposed on second amendment rights.

The truth is that stricter gun control does not necessarily go against the second amendment. All restrictions such as background checks, and limiting the type of weapon that can be owned, do is serve to help protect the population as a whole. This does not prevent responsible gun owners from purchasing firearms, for protection or sport, and using them in a lawful manner. That being said, it seems unlikely that introducing any form of gun control will be easy and that it may be a long time before changes are introduced, if it ever happens.




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