Okay, well I was going to do standardized testing…but I couldn’t think of anything really to argue at the moment so I’ll save that for another day. So how about we talk the second amendment today.
We all know it. The second amendment states that anyone has the right to bear arms, but let’s look deeper at it. As passed by Congress and as ratified by the states, the second amendment says that the nation, the states, and citizens have the right to “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.”
You know, I’m not really sure why this is a major issue. Let’s take a look at that last segment right there…”shall not be infringed.” Last I checked, infringe means to break the terms of a law. So why is this such an issue? We all need a “militia”, granted it isn’t called that anymore. We actually have the military, but that’s basically the same thing. It says that it’s necessary to the security of a free state, and that couldn’t be more true today with all the threats the nation has within its borders and abroad. And the right of the people to keep and bear arms makes sense as well. Personally, I think that’s the most important. Where the militia/military can’t help immediately, it should be up to the people to bear the arms they own in order to defend themselves.
But then again, maybe there’s the issue. There’s too many people that have their guns who go out and shoot people for the hell of it more often than the people who shoot someone out of feeling endangered. But does that mean we need to change the rules to the second amendment? I don’t think it does. I think, if anything, it should change the rules of who can get a gun. It’s sad that it’s going to have to come to that, but it’s clear there are too many people using guns for the wrong reasons, and they’re getting all the attention while those who use them for defense go unnoticed. You can have five reports of people using gun in order to end a conflict or dangerous situation, but it only takes one report of someone going out to the local grocery store and killing six people to overshadow those five reports.
I honestly think that gun rights need to be left alone all together. If people get killed for the wrong reasons, oh well. Yeah, it sucks and causes heartache and people start to panic about “how close that was to our house” or something. But what about the whole phrase that “everything happens for a reason”? I say let it be. Leave the second amendment the way it is.
I think this was a pretty shitty topic of debate, personally. It shouldn’t even be controversial. Also the fact that I feel like shit prevented me from putting too much thought into this.
So it’s your guys’ turn. What are your thoughts?
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