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Lauren Faehn 10 December 2007 The Second Amendment and the 2008 Presidential Election Gun control is an issue that is a hot topic and is widely debated. Nobody wants to see high crime rates or watch innocent people get hurt, and that statement alone is what causes so much controversy on the way guns control should be handled in America. Conservatives feel that people should be able to have guns. They feel this way because they are able to defend themselves in times of self-defense. On the other hand, liberals feel that guns should be eliminated, or at least, much harder to have. They feel that if people do not have the capability of owning guns, less people will be able to be killed through the use of firearms. Some people feel this view conflicts with the second amendment, so the importance of taking a side is very important. Knowing where the candidates stand on the issue of gun control in the fast-coming 2008 Presidential Election and their reasoning behind it is very important because you, the voter, is who the government ultimately answers to. Conservative views on the issue of gun control stand strongly against it. Reasoning behind why conservatives are advocates for the second amendment is easily understood when defining the word "conservatism" itself. From the Merriam-Webster dictionary itself, conservatism is defined as "a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change." Conservative ideas are essentially traditional ideas. Conservative viewpoints are based on the beliefs of our founding fathers and what the Framers wrote in the constitution. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution states that "a well regulated Militia, being
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necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Conservatives believe that the Framers added this amendment to our Bill of Rights because they believed that it is a right for citizens to protect themselves from the government, other nations during war, and from each other when being threatened. The party closely related to these beliefs is the Republican Party. Republican candidates take the issue of the Second Amendment on their platform because of the conservative belief that the Second Amendment is
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course POLS 2302 taught by Professor Arwine during the Spring '08 term at Texas Tech.

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