The Second Amendment and gun rights in America

The Puyallup Post

 

Sarah Balough

Reporter

Throughout the history of American politics “agenda denial” has run rampant. Those in power make the argument that it’s not the right time for a change, but there is never a time when change should not happen, especially a change that will aid the citizens of a nation.

On the matter of gun laws and gun control the largest argument against any regulations is that it is a violation of a citizens constitutional right to bear arms.

This sight is only “agenda denial” though.

The Second Amendment was written in a time where African Americans were viewed as property, women were barely educated and the possibility of achieving more than you parents had was slim.

While we love to think that America is a great country built by great men, the truth is the America in which the Second Amendment was written in was largely archaic.

According to the Second Amendment, the right to possess a firearm, unconnected to a service in a militia and use that firearm must be used for a traditionally lawful purpose, like self-defense in the home. Yet the majority of firearms used in self-defense are turned against the owner.

Incidents such as the recent Falls Church shooting and the Aurora shooting are rare but lower numbers of death suffered by guns are not. Earlier this year the Violence Policy Center released information pertaining to the number of gun deaths and motor vehicle deaths of last year. Their results showed that in 10 of the 50 states the number of firearm related deaths exceeded that of motor vehicle accidents.

While America still holds firm to its right to bear arms, other countries such as Australia and Japan have all but banned the ownership of firearms, drastically reducing the number of murders per year.

In comparison to the 8,775 deaths in America via handguns the number of deaths via handguns in England is staggeringly lower at 58.

These example of stricter gun controls have proven that the number of deaths can be drastically reduced by use of stricter gun control laws.

For three decades the issue of gun control has been one of the most notorious disgusting of U.S. politics.

Following the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 the concept of banning guns arose, a ban that was argued, created to suppress the Second Amendment.

After a Democratic-controlled Congress in 1994 though, a bill proposed by former President Bill Clinton to restrict certain kinds of assault weapons and to create a national system of background checks of gun purchases was instigated. Starting the political pendulum to swing back and forth with the rise on conflict pertaining to the American citizens’ right to bear arms.

The National Rifle Association constantly implies that guns don’t harm people, instead people injure people, but in the hands of a certain person, guns do kill people.

An average of 680 accidental shootings occur in the U.S. each year. These often occur without intention to kill, often without the shooters knowledge of what is happening in the moment.

The NRA’s leaders would have us believe that every year 680 people accidentally are shot because of people, but in truth, 680 people in the U.S are shot because of guns. Guns that should have stricter laws placed upon them.

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The Second Amendment and gun rights in America

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