The Second Amendment

Of the Constitution of the United States of America

The Original Thing

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.

Simplified into This

People are allowed to have weapons, and the government owes the people a well trained militia to protect them.

Some Limitations

Political Views

Summary of political views

The enitire American political spectrum belives similar things but the left and middle think that there should be some regulation while the right believes that there should be no regulation. They all believe that citizens have the right to bear Arms.

Gun Control groups

The NRA

The NRA is the National Rifle Association. They believe that guns should be accesable and easy to use for everyone. They teach about the second amendement and train people to wield Arms. They also fund programs such as youth education, law enforcement training, hunter education, conservation, firearms and marksmanship trainig and safety.

The Brady Campaign to end gun violence

The mission of this campaign is to "create a safer America for all of us that will lead to a dramatic reduction in gun deaths and injuries" . They have announced a bold goal of cutting the number of US gun deaths in half by 2025. They plan to have background checks on gun purchasers and stop bad gun dealers from supplying criminals.

What if we followed the second amendement to its extent?

Total and strict adherence to this amendment could mean that everyone has weapons and guns. This could cause a massive increase in crime and murder. But on the flipside, It could cause greater security and peace if guns are handled properly.

Background on Dick Heller

Dick Heller was a police officer who wished to register a handgun. He was a resident of the District of Columbia, which has laws against registering handguns. Heller took his case to the local court under terms of the second amendment.

But...

The District Court dismissed Heller’s complaints

But the Court of Appeals allowed Heller to take this matter to the Supreme Court.

At the Supreme court

The outcome of the Supreme Court case was that the law (in DC) was repealed, as it was deemed unconstitutional. People in the District of Columbia were allowed to own handguns in the home for use only in self defense.

Significance of this case

This case deals with the second amendment since it is all about the ownership of handguns.