Gun control has become more of a hot topic in recent years. Some believe that there is no need for additional gun control. On the other hand, we have some that believe that the government can improve gun laws. Although many believe that gun control will violate their rights, the idea of stricter gun control laws can help communities.
We live in very violent times. There are daily accounts reported in the media about shootings. We do well to ask, Is there a solution to this growing crisis? Yes! It is call gun control. The lack of stricter gun control has damaged our communities. How so? Well, in order to answer that question, first we have to understand what makes up a community. Then we will explore the history of our gun control laws. So, what is a community? Many consider a community to only consist of people dwelling in a certain geographical location. However, a community can also be described as any group sharing soothing in common. This includes smaller areas such as, a neighborhood, a housing project, or geographically- defined community. Communities can be defined by race or ethnicity, and/or professional. It can also be defined according to economic ties, religion, culture, or shared background or interest.
A community consist of several different aspects. There is a physical aspect. Basically this is about how the community looks which includes, but not limited to, the streets and buildings, whether they are clean or dirty. Other aspects are the infrastructure, demographics, history, patterns of settlement, commerce and industry, community leaders, economics, government/politics, existing groups, and existing institutions. However for this growing epidemic of guns and shootings, we need to examine the social, attitude, and values aspect of a community. This plays a crucial part of what is acceptable within communities.
Many people are familiar with the second amendment. However, this amendment has been interpreted many different ways to fit the wants of this society. It has been used and several times by the Supreme Court and politicians. But we need to examine the second amendment closely. Many people fail to mention or read the small print. The second amendment was ratified in 1791. The second amendment states:
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
This has been distorted so many ways. This amendment is also dated. We have to keep in mind that our society has changed since this amendment has been written. This was made around the time of the Revolutionary War. During that time all males’ citizens were required to own guns because they were fighting against the British forces.
Virginia has the best interpretation of the second amendment. Before the Declaration of Independence, Virginia was the first colony to adopt a state constitution. They stated that the second amendment as follows:
A well regulated Militia,...