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Contoversy Of Second Amendment Essay

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The Controversy of the Second Amendment of the Constitution
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The Second Amendment to the Constitution(Second Amendment) of the United States of America(USA) is one of the most controversial. The Second Amendment specifically grants that, "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed" 
The way that an individual interprets the wording of the Second Amendment influences their point of view on who has the right to "keep and bear arms" (Amendment 2). The controversy brought on by the Second Amendment is because the Second Amendment does not clearly define whom "the people" are. This ambiguity has ...view middle of the document...

Thomas Jefferson said, "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." An unknown author once said, "An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject." 
Self-protection is one of the most common reasons for wanting to own firearms. Anti-gun control activists believe that they have the right to protect their family and their homes, two of the most important things in life (A man's home is his castle). An unknown author said, "A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone." 
Anti-gun control activists believe that it unconstitutional to take away a right that the Second Amendment specifically states shall not be taken away["the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed"] (open secrets, 1 of 3). 
Gun control activists believe that ordinary law abiding citizens owning guns makes the country unsafe for everyone, especially children. Gun control activists believe that guns kept in the home are unsafe, especially for children. They often say that having guns in the home makes children more susceptible to finding their parent's gun, and having a life-threatening accident or attack. (open secrets, 1 of 3). 
Gun control activists cite the recent rise in shootings occurring in schools, such as the infamous Columbine incident as an example of why guns should not be kept in the home. An unknown author stated, "Gun control is not about guns; it's about control". 
Gun control activists believe that making it harder for ordinary law abiding citizens to purchase guns(or even eliminating the right to own guns) would make the United States a safer country for everyone to live in.( Helmke, 1 of 3). An unknown author once stated, "Criminals love gun control--it makes their jobs safer". 
The long-term goal of Gun control activists appears to be to stop all citizens from purchasing weapons, or at...

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