02.10.docx - Gun laws have been an ongoing discussion in America for years upon end There are natural rights everyone is entitled to and the Bill of

02.10.docx - Gun laws have been an ongoing discussion in...

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Gun laws have been an ongoing discussion in America for years upon end. There are natural rights everyone is entitled to and the Bill of Rights outlines these rights. The Second Amendment gives the right to bear arms, but to who? The Amendment isn’t clear and doesn’t blatantly state who has the right. Breaking down the meaning and impact of the Second Amendment is important when it comes to making decisions and laws about guns. The Second Amendment is centered around gun laws. 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.” (Constitution Center). This Amendment is left open ended as to who “the people” is exactly. The Annenberg Classroom created a documentary explaining the struggles of the Bill of Rights. In this documentary, they address the Second Amendment. Prof. Richard Labunski, from the Univ. of Kentucky, says “The Second Amendment is so poorly written.” (Annenberg). Floyd Abrams, an attorney at the Cahil Gordon & Reindel Firm, explained that the Amendment doesn’t say if we are protecting states with militias from the federal government or people or if everyone can have a gun. Former President Barack Obama supports the Second Amendment, but also thinks there should be limits to it. President Obama states, “I believe in the Second Amendment…but I also believe that we can find ways to reduce gun violence consistent with the Second Amendment.” After a series of mass shootings in America, Obama was ready to take action to make the country safer for the kids.

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