Gun Control Essay

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Gun Control The third president of the United States, one of Americas found fathers, and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson once said “no free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” (Garret) During the American Revolutionary war many Americans were fearful. The lingering fear in many Americans minds eventually led to the creation of an amendment that would completely change the way Americans viewed the government. The American Revolutionary War was a war fought for Americans independence. During the time of this war, the British Empire didn’t allow their SUBJECTS to arm themselves against the King. The American people had a very legitimate reason to be fearful of a helpless people or subjects ruled by an individual. The framers of the Constitution wanted to be sure that the Citizens (not subjects) of their new country had no such restrictions. To ensure that the citizens had no such restrictions our founding fathers incorporated an amendment into the Constitution. The amendment ratified into the Constitution was the second amendment. This amendment protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. In 1791 when the second amendment was ratified it’s said “the ink had hardly dried on the ratification papers of the Constitution before a political movement was undertaken to amend the framing document to declare gun ownership as a right” (Garret) We, citizens of the American democracy need to preserve the second amendment and right for individuals to bear arms. Even though the second amendment was ratified during a time of muskets and slow reload rates, gun rights need to be preserved for many reasons. Gun rights must be preserved. Today I will be discussing three clear, precise, and empowering reasons for gun rights these include firstly self-defense, secondly crime rate, and lastly constitutional

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