The Second Amendment


Few issues incite americans more than the issue of rising crime and
violence. This problem can easily be linked to the availability of guns."The
debate over whether guns are a hallowed tradition and a right guaranteed by the
Second Ammendment of the U.S.constitution or whether they are a fearful danger
contributing to crime and violence." ("gun control") Due to the outbreak of
violence in our society, some people feel that repealing the Second Ammendment
would solve the problem. These people feel that repealing the Second Ammendment
would solve the problem. These people feel that there are two reasons for the
repeal; One is the rising of violence among teenagers, the second reason is
their interpertation of the Second Ammendment which could be considered a strict
one. The side opposing these views use arguments like how it would be
immpossible to repeal the Second Ammendment, and a long western civilizations
history with a right to bear arms. Finally one can see the conflict of views
dealing with the Second Ammenment, but one would also see that repealing the
ammendment wouldn't solve the problem facing our society. The contriversy of
this issue that has the potential to pulverise this country is why it is such a
good topic to discuss, people should be better informed and make a decision
based on fact and not fiction. Many advocates of the
limitations of guns can quote numerous examples of increasing violence and
homicide crimes. But the area which hits the closest to home is the issue of
violence among the teenagers of our society. The years have changed on how
students deal with their problems "Twenty-five or thirty years ago, when teenage
boys got into a fight... it usually meant a fist fight. In more and more
neighborhoods... it now means a shoot out" ("Gun Control"320). Violence like
that is a major problem on our streets and even in our schools. Almost
everywhere now "youngsters are packing weapons, Some are involved in drugs or
gangs; others carry them for self-defense... One study says at least one in
every three male juveniles is armed"(Muller 2). Now more than ever before an
"increasing number of children under the age of 18 arrested each year for murder
has jumped 55% in the past decade,... Juvenile arrests for aggravated assault
are rising dramatically" (Henkoff 2). The results of this rising trend in
violence has led to the release of a "center for disease center reports that
since 1988, American teenage boys have been more likely to die from gunshot
wounds than from... All other natural diseases" ("Gun Control" 83). This trend
can be the result of "the widespread of availability of firearms [which] makes
it far too easy for kids to kill... Guns figure in more than 15% of adolescent
homicides... "There are more than 200 million privately owned guns in America"
(Henkoff 7). With the violence of American youngsters rising at a stagering rate,
we obviosly cannot sit and do nothing. Something must be done and gun
limitations through the repeal of the Second Ammendment is a good weopon in this
war. The second reason
why a repeal of the Second Ammendment could be a good choice in limiting guns is
the original purpose of that ammendment. The ammendment "grew out of the deep-
seated fear of a "National" or "standing army, [originally they also] limited
the National Army to 840 men" (Burger 4). This idea led to the true reason for
the ammendment "the need for a state militia was the "right" guarenteed [in the
ammendment] In short, it was declared "neccesary" in order to have a state
military force to protect the security of the state" (Burger 6). The ammendment
issued the right of militia's and for hunters which in that day depended on
their guns for food. Now "Americans have a right to defend their homes, we need
not change that, nor does anyone question that the Constitution protects the
right of hunters to hunt game. "Hunting is a sport for recreation but "machine
guns are not recreational... and surely are in need of regulations as are motor
vehicles" (Burger 7) Now Americans don't fear fear a national army as they once
did anyway. The "huge national defense establishment has taken over the role of
the military of 200 years ago" Burger 4) and everybody seems to have delt with
it. Therefore the security of a free dtate is protected by the national
establishment, this eliminates the need for military type weopons for a so
called defense. Those opposing the limitation of gun rights can easily
quote numerous examples why not to repeal the Second Ammendment. The NRA for
example uses the slipery slope until every weapon