The Second Amendment and the Right to Bear Arms
The Second Amendment to the Constitution gave United States citizens the right to bear arms. Although, the Second Amendment stated: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms. However, the framers could not foresee the type of violence we have in our cities today. Innocent citizens have and are being brutally killed due to this amendment. Stricter gun control laws must be enacted to receive these types of weapons.
Background checks for gun buyers were implemented a year and a half ago, more than 4,600 people who were supposed to be prevented from buying guns bought them anyway because their background checks were not completed in time, according to ABC news. The NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) is supposed to inspect the criminal, citizenship, and mental background of all gun buyers (Yahoo News). However, if authorities cannot finish the checks in three days, the buyer gets the gun by default—even if he/she is a convicted felon or illegal alien (Yahoo News).
On April 20, 1999, Columbine School was terrorized by gunfire. Twelve students and one teacher was brutally slain by two seniors of the high school. According to the APB News, hundreds of people were intended to die. After the two students gunned down their classmates and teacher, they shot and killed themselves. At this time, the guns used in the shooting
are said to have been purchased from unlicensed dealers at gun shows, according to Yahoo News. For this reason and many others, stricter gun laws should be enacted to be able to purchase these types of weapons.
In Asheville N.C., two men are named in a five-count federal indictment for attempting to kill an on-duty FBI agent at the Southeast Bomb Task Force compound. Carringer, one of the gunmen involved, was believed to be a suspect in a fatal bombing at a Birmingham Ala. abortion clinic (APB news). I believe that although he was only a suspect in the bombing, his weapon should have been repossessed before he could have done harm to anyone, such as the FBI agent.
On the morning of February 29, 2000 a 6 year-old girl was attending class and was shot to death by a 7 year-old classmate. She was killed because of an argument the day before the shooting, according to The Monroe Evening News. However, she did not deserve to die. How many more innocent people will have to die before the government begins to regulate gun control?
Guns are becoming one of the top issues in the newspapers (The Monroe Evening News). There have been 394 incidents of students bringing guns to school in the United States since 1998 (Sutton). Legislators say that the law cannot prevent the tragedy of the fatal shootings in the schools
(The Detroit Free Press). Furthermore, the legislators say that the only way that the tragedies could be...