Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - Bill of Rights

"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."

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Why Americans Needs Guns

By Soulstealer - 6/6/2014

After the [atrocity|evil] that occurred in Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, the 2nd amendment and gun control debates flamed up anew. People were [scared|terrified]. Gun control activists [pounced on|used] the tragedy as a platform to further their views against gun ownership. Gun owners responded by saying that had the teachers and staff been armed or had there been an armed guard, people would not have died. I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about why guns are evil and why people shouldn’t be allowed to carry them. Here, I give you five reasons why I support the 2nd amendment and why we actually need more guns.

• To uphold the2nd amendment
What is our second amendment about? According to our nation’s Founders, it is being able “to keep and bear arms” without this right being “infringed”. According to them, this is “necessary to the security of a free state”. Our 2nd amendment gun rights simply mean that our Founders knew that we, the people, are our own first line of defense against any person, group, or force trying to take our property, liberty, or life. Owning a gun doesn’t mean that you intend to cause harm to another. A gun, like any other tool you own (cellphone, hammer, can opener, etc.), is simply something you keep for the event that you will need it. Guns aren’t inherently evil. The source of evil is the person who intends to use his or her gun to inflict harm.

• To protect the innocent and the defenseless
I support the 2nd amendment because I believe in protecting those who can’t protect themselves. I support the 2nd amendment because I know that by educating myself on gun use and gun safety, I can contribute to “the security of a free state”. There are many different and contrasting explanations for our 2nd amendment rights, but this much I know is true: I would sleep better knowing that I have a shotgun I can use in the event that an armed criminal breaks into my family’s house in the middle of the night.

• To defend ourselves from crime
[Whenever|Any time] gun control advocates start [spewing hate about|criticizing] the idea of using guns for self-defense, I start thinking about Switzerland. Switzerland has a very low rate of gun-related violence. There, the government hands out guns to households so they can better protect themselves. Meanwhile, countries with [stringent|strict] gun rules likethe UK have high crime rates.

• To [tone down|reduce] the paranoia
People are scared because so many criminals and psychopaths are able to [procure|get hold of] guns illegally. The solution to this is to allow honest, responsible people to own and use guns legally.
With all the [heated talk|debate] about the 2nd amendment and gun control, people seem to have forgotten one [crucialimportant] thing. In America, we have a choice. We can choose to protect ourselves or we can choose not to. If you choose not to arm yourself, that’s fine. But if your neighbor chooses to protect himself in the event that he finds himself in a violent situation, let him. You may not think that the world is a dangerous and unpredictable place, but many still do.

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