Gun control and the second amendment

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Teresa Spresser

Instructor Gordon Peters


23 April 2013

Gun Control & The Second Amendment

The second amendment states "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right to the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." To an average person this means that anyone at anytime should be able to possess a gun without being questioned. However, if you interpret the amendment based on vocabulary I believe this means that a trained group of people who have the countries best interest at hand to protect are the one protected under the constitution. Today there is a lot of debate about control and whether or not people should be aloud to have guns.

President Obama has been trying his hardest to get stricter laws passed on gun regulations. His main argument is stricter background checks and limiting ammunition rounds.

His argument is that this will help with gun related crimes. According to NY Times the following is a list of the items contained in the proposal:

Requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales, including those by private sellers that currently are exempt.

Reinstating and strengthening the ban on assault weapons that was in place from 1994 to 2004.

Limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.

Banning the possession of armor-piercing bullets by anyone other than members of the military and law enforcement.

Increasing criminal penalties for "straw purchasers," people who pass the required background check to buy a gun on behalf of someone else.

Acting on a $4 billion administration proposal to help keep 15,000 police officers on the street.

Confirming President Obama's nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Eliminating a restriction that requires the Bureau of Alcohol,