18 October 2017
“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.” The words of the Second Amendment in the Constitution of the United States written over two centuries ago have created so much debate in American history and caused so much impact on the American people. Every time a tragic mass shooting event occurs, the issues of gun rights and gun control have deeply divided Americans. Both sides of the gun control issue argue aggressively to either protect gun ownership or to put restrictions on guns in order to reduce deaths from gun violence.
Gun supporters often cite the Second Amendment in the Constitution as their right to own as many guns as they want. They use the Second Amendment to claim America was founded with the basis for citizens owning guns as the wish of the founding fathers. Although the U.S. Constitution gives Americans the right to own guns, gun supporters are taking the meaning of the law out of context. The law was written over two hundred years ago during a revolutionary time when America was fighting for Independence against the English king. The founding fathers added this Amendment into the Constitution as a protection for American colonies to be able to call up the colonist to use weapons and defend themselves against British invaders. Moreover, during the time the law was written, the only types of “arms” available were the muskets with single bullet shot. As gun technologies advance for guns to shoot multiple bullets in a few seconds, the law must be revised to follow our modern time. The founding fathers would be horrified to know their law is now used to allow killing machine guns in America. Nowadays, it becomes very important for our government to better protect its own citizens rather than protect against foreign invaders by adopting effective gun control restrictions.
To argue against gun control, gun supporters often bring the reason that if we restrict guns to law-abiding citizens, then...