Anti-Gun Control: Upholding the Second Amendment.

Essay by supermjrHigh School, 10th gradeA, July 2003

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"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." So states the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution is the foundation of American society, and if it states that people have the right to keep and bear arms, then so be it. If Americans give up the right that is stated in this portion of the U.S. Constitution, then there is a dangerous chance that they will begin to lose other rights, one by one. It is therefore dependent on you, the American public, to uphold your right to protect yourself. Currently, there are over two thousand gun control laws in existence. The Courts have deemed gun control the responsibility of the state, and not a federal matter, so restrictions vary from state to state. Guns have been a part of America's history since those who declared themselves Americans set foot on this country.

Guns were used to protect, to hunt, and were instrumental in the fight for independence. "[Our Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed, which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation... [Whereas] the governments [of many other nations] are afraid to trust the people with arms." James Madison said this. James Madison. 'The' writer of our Constitution. This was the man that shaped our future two hundred years ago, and right now, I stand before you to tell you that there are people who are trying to change his vision of greatness for the United States. Today, guns still serve the same purpose. People must realize that while they are trying to prevent school shoot-outs (which are rare and infrequent), any laws the federal government makes will also apply to rural places and states...