Upholding the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is essential to preserving the rights of law abiding citizens and keeping our citizens safe. Yet, lately, people in the government have been pushing to limit the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment located in the Bill of Rights 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” (Shelley, 74). How can the United States of America stay the land of the free if we let them take away our rights?
I’ve been surrounded by the world of hunting and the outdoors throughout my entire life. My first word was “deer” if that gives you any indication on how much I deeply enjoyed growing up in that world. I was ecstatic when I was finally able to target practice with guns and bows of my own and even more so when I was able to apply that knowledge and hunt for my own animals for the first time. My background with guns, NRA membership, and interest in the field of law has compelled me to diligently follow the debates in our government over the Second Amendment. The invalidity of many of the points that congressmen attempt to make has both exasperated me and motivated me to support those that work to prove them wrong.
A significant point that many have yet to understand is that people are the problem in crimes, not guns. The tragedies that occur at the hands of people should be used as examples to improve our justice system and handling of criminals, not limit our rights. If people want to cause harm, the means to doing so are not going to matter. They may cause harm with a gun, a knife, or even with their bare hands. The legislation that some members of our government are attempting to get passed will do nothing to halt criminals from continuing on with committing crimes. Instead, that legislation would only be hurting the people who actually follow the law.
As a woman, I am especially thankful for both the protection that guns can provide and their assistance in the use of self-defense. I’ve read many stories where the use of guns in self-defense was critical to the survival of someone or the prevention of a crime. Yet, the one that stuck out to me the most was one where the use of a gun in self-defense could have saved someone from being raped, but it couldn’t because she wasn’t allowed to be carrying a gun. That story was about Amanda Collins, a woman who was raped on the University of Nevada campus...