Kathryn Rohe and Maxwell Anderson
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that "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 other words, this Amendment illustrates the People's right to bear Arms. Under the United States Constitution, the legislation is restricted from prohibiting the right to bear arms. The Ammendment also prohibits and restricts lagislative participants from the possession of firearms. The Collective Rights Theory explains that citizens do not have an individual right to possess guns and that local, state, and federal legislative participants possess the authority to regulate firearms without interfering with the constitutional right.
Right when the ratification papers of the Constitution were being written there was a big movement taking place it was to declare gun ownership a right for all citizens of the united states. James Madison put a committee together who authorized the second amendment “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.”
The characteristics of the Second Amendment include the militia, the right to bear arms, and the ability to not be infringed. In early American History, all men from the age of sixteen and sixty were forced to join the local town's militia. The majority of the population at this time owned firearms, and the men that didn't were required to pay a small fee instead of participating in the militia. The purpose of the militia was to defend the communities against Indian raids, and they also acted as the local police. The Second amendment allows the citizens to bear arms, which means American citizens can physically carry arms or have them in your home. The Second Amendment does not gent the right to bear any arms. This Amendment acts more as a reminder that the government should not try to stop people from having this right.
In conclusion, the Second Amendment is a very important and controversial topic because it its a big part of who are are as a country and who we always will be. This Amendment is one of the ten that shaped this great country into what it is today. It is important to stay true to these roots because it is what this country prides itself on. Without the Cknstitution, we are just a group of unorganized people who have conflict with each other and therefore would never force our country to grow. These reasons are the reasons why the Constitution and Second Amendment are so important.