A Closer Look At The Second Amendment
The interplay between individuals, private entities, and the laws that govern them create the vast and fascinating world around us. No single issue is more interesting to examine in this context then the Second Amendment. As popular among legal scholars as individuals, the laws regarding gun ownership are constantly being contested.
While strong lobbying organizations like the NRA are working to increase the rights of gun owners regarding their guns, smaller socially based groups are constantly responding to the myriad of gun related deaths in opposition of expanding gun rights. Between these two groups are the legal ramifications of an amendment written centuries earlier and so carefully scrutinized that every letter and punctuation has been questions and re-questioned regarding its meaning.
Lets take a moment to take a closer look at the Second Amendment and review the pros and cons. In addition, we will take a look at the role of the Second Amendment on the weapon industry in the United States. But first, lets start out by examining what is actually written in the amendment.
The Second Amendment
The version of the Second Amendment passed by Congress includes the following “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 passage ratified by the states and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson is slightly different and is written as “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.” With its basis being in response to the occupation of the original colonies by England, it has expanded to mean a lot of things that can be interpreted in either direction in contemporary society.
The Pros and Cons Of The Second Amendment
The Second Amendment was designed in part to provide the following benefits to the country as well as to individuals.
- Enable People To Organize A Militia System
Crucial at the time of ratification, the ability for people to organize a militia system was necessary to stop foreign invasion and to prevent future re-colonization by European powers.
- Participate In Law Enforcement
In addition to staving off threats from abroad, the Second Amendment helps to create localized law enforcement.
- Deter Tyrannical Governments
With individuals able to rise up against unfair and unjust government, the Second Amendment is seen as a way to stop harmful governments from forming.
- Repel Invasions
- Suppress Insurrections
Whether designed to slow down an invading army or suppress locally based insurrections (things like slave revolts) these two conditions are often considered outdated given the current power of our military and the rights to demonstrate peacefully.
- Facilitate the Natural Right of Self Defense
A fundamental part of the Second Amendment, this point gets to the heart of an individual’s right for self defense and their ability to secure whatever land and property they own.
The cons of the Second Amendment are frequently seen in the news and mostly involve an individual’s ability to get certain kinds of weapons.
- Some Weapons Individuals Should Not Have
While the Second Amendment may allow for gun ownership, there are some guns that are specifically designed to kill lots of people and otherwise serve little or no purpose beyond that.
- Loose Restrictions Surrounding Gun Purchases
With the Second Amendment in place, it is easy for people to get around regulations and purchase guns.
- Gun Related Mass Killings
Over and over again there are mass shootings that result in dozens of innocent people dying. This is made possible by the availability of guns.
The Role Of The Second Amendment on the Weapon Industry
Simply put, the Second Amendment created the weapon industry in the united states, leading to large sales in both weapons, as well as popular accessories like rifles scopes, and ammo. In addition, many kinds of sports, including hunting, are incredibly popular due to the close relationship many have to their weapons as a way of life.
Also it goes even further than direct part to weapons, today we have e-commerce shops hiring people and supporting economy just by retail selling items related to weapons, blogs earning ad revenue or affiliate commissions helping people pick out the best hunting scopes or reviewing different guns . All of those people earnings would disappear or lower significantly if we would restrict gun selling.
September 3, 2015 / PennyRoad / 0