Friday, October 8, 2010

Amendment 2: Right to Bear Arms

"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."

This amendment says in order for the state to be secure, there needs to be an army in place.  This allows the nation to be protected in the case of a disaster.  It also states the people have a right to use and purchase guns on their own.
The above clip from ABC Nightline raises the question of whether or not we need stricter gun control laws. Although it seems harsher gun control laws would lower shooting rates, that is not true. The example used here was the shooting at Fort Hood: a shooter killed 13 people on a base where guns are illegal. Gun control laws would make me feel safer because it would be harder for people to attain guns. However, since there is no correlation between gun control laws and shooting rates, my sense of security is not fully justified.

This cartoon makes fun of how some people do not acknowledge an entire law.  In regards to the second amendment, many people are unaware the militia portion even exists because they only pay attention to their right to bear arms.  To work together effectively, entire laws need to be understood and followed.  If there is a dispute with a portion of a law, the entire law needs to be re-worded or redone to appease the people.


  1. I agree that people don't like to acknowledge the entire 2nd amendment because they like to possess their own weapons. Chongwon Hwang

  2. Yes, read the complete amendment then take notice of the comma, then look up what and why the comma is used, it is there for a reason.