Gun Control - Mark Carrig Gun Control The United States is...

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Mark Carrig Gun Control The United States is one of the leading countries when it relates to weapons and firearms. We continue to dominate with state of the art technology and increasing number of sales on guns. Also, our country allows us the right to bear arms, and extremely important yet debatable amendment. With the power to carry and conceal comes the responsibility as well. Many say this amendment should be banned, making murder all too quick and easy. Others claim it is our right as an American and shall always be. Gun control, which continues to cause controversy in nearly all of our states, will always be under criticism and debate. The issue of gun control dates back more than two hundred years ago, when the amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791. The amendment states “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.” This has been interpreted in many different ways, many twisting the original thoughts and motives of our founding fathers. Early American settlers viewed the right to bear arms for many purposes. Some of these purposes include, but not limited to, deterring undemocratic governments, repelling invasion, suppressing insurrection, facilitating a natural right of self-defense, participating in law enforcement, and slave control in slave states. Following the American Revolution against the British, the United States was governed by the Articles of Confederation. The clash of power between Congress and the states imposed military weakness, reducing the standing army to mere eighty men. Following this, the Philadelphia Convention proposed in 1787 to allow Congress exclusive power to raise and facilitate a
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standing army and navy of unlimited size. Anti-federalists objected, but as acceptance of the Constitution increased, they leaned towards establishing a bill of rights putting few limits on federal power. Meetings were held to solve the problems with the Articles of Confederation, including the Mount Vernon Conference in 1785 followed by another meeting in Annapolis. The major topic was the inability to provide security from foreign invasion. It was then agreed to schedule a meeting in Philadelphia in May 1787, widely known today as Constitutional Convention. The meeting ended up shifting control of the states militias to federal congress, granting them power to raise a standing army. It also shaped the Constitution of the United
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