The Second Amendment Opinion

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William Croft
PS1350 Week 1
Submit Analysis The first ten amendments of the US Constitution make up what is known as the Bill of Rights. Written by James Madison in response to the requests from many of the states for better constitutional protection for individual freedoms, the Bill of Rights lists specific prohibitions on governmental power. I have chosen to discuss the second amendment for this week’s analysis. The second amendment of the US Constitution 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.” In more simple terms the second amendment says that it is the right of the people, under certain regulations, to possess and carry firearms. However like any other legal right it has its limitations. Now no state has the authority to take your second amendment rights from you but they can place limits on it. Usually these limits are placed using licensing requirements and bans on certain guns in a certain class. Being a registered owner of firearms, this amendment is very important to me. I have yet been in a situation where the use of my gun was needed, and I hope that that situation never transpires. On a day to day basis we all venture out into a world of unknown evils, where at a moment’s notice that situation could occur. This amendment gives me the right to own a firearm, and in turn allows me to feel safer in my daily life. If not for the second amendment I would not have the ability to protect my personal well-being, as well as protecting the lives of my family and friends should the situation ever arise that I may need to use a firearm.
Yet even though I feel safer because of my right to bear arms others feel as though it makes the world a more dangerous place. Right now, as we speak, multiple states are in the midst of discussion on this very…...

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