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Running Head: THE SECOND AMENDMENT

The Second Amendment: The Right to Keep and Bear Arms


Hannah Vanden Top
Ivy Tech Community College

THE SECOND AMENDMENT

The Second Amendment: The Right to Keep and Bear Arms


The Second Amendment clearly states that A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to
the security of a free State, the right of the people to and bear Arms, shall not be infringed
(Liuzzo, 2016, pg. 76). This Amendment has caused many people to debate whether or not this
should still apply in todays society. Many Americans strongly believe this should apply in
todays world, but many believe this should be taken away. Then there are the people that do not
know what the Amendment is stating. Does it talk about the military or does it talk about the
American citizens having this right?
The opening phrase A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free
State, explicitly talks to the military being able to have this right to bear arms (Brooks, 2013).
However, the people back in 1791 lived in a different world than todays society. The world has
changed greatly since 1791. For example, the technology and making of firearms have increased
drastically since the time this Amendment got ratified. With this increase in technology, it only
makes it easier to cause harm to people. This is where the next part of the Amendment comes
into play. It states, The right of the people. It does not define which body of people it is talking
to, but Supreme Court states in 2008 that it applies to the citizens of the United States too
(Brooks, 2013). The citizens of America need to protect themselves, not only the people in the
military. People feel more protected when they have a firearm with them. If firearms were not
allowed, people still would commit crime, and the people feeling threatened would not have a
firearm to protect themselves with.
The second part of the Amendment stating the right to keep and bear Arms shall not be
infringed, clearly states that the people have a right to keep a firearm, and also carry firearms
(Denniston, 2014). This shows that any American citizen has this right, and should not be taken

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away by the government. This part of the Amendment is very clear on what it talks about. Any
citizen living in this country has this right because the people need to protect themselves and
their families from harm (Brooks, 2013). With weapons, many people feel safer because they
know they have a defense tool. If people were not allowed to carry firearms, crimes would still
happen, and people would not have the defense tools they need to defend themselves.
Since this Amendment does not clearly state who or what it talks about, it has caused
great controversy in todays world. Some people do not understand the meaning of the Second
Amendment and need to take a closer look at it. With research, it is possible to find out the true
meaning of what the Amendments are trying to say. After looking into this Amendment, the true
implication become visible. With that being said, the Second Amendment implicates that all
citizens of the United States have the right to keep and carry a firearm and should not be
repelled.

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Brooks, Chad (2013, January 22). The Second Amendment & The Right to Bear Arms. Retrieved
from http://www.livescience.com/26485-second-amendment.html
Denniston, Lyle (2014, February 6). Constitution Check: What Does it Mean That There is a
Right to Bear Guns?. Retrieved from
http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2014/02/constitution check-what-does-it-mean-thatthere-is-a-right-to-bear-guns/
Liuzzo, Anthony L. (2016). Essentials of Business Law. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill
Education.