Second Amendment needs to be preserved

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.

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This man asserts his right to bear arms, an important amendment in the US Constitution.

Jacob Costantino, Staff Reporter

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.”

— Bill of Rights

The second amendment is meant to help protect us, the people, from threats against our families and lives. To take that right, and demolish it, even a little, could put you and your family in harm’s way. Not only are you putting yourself and your family at risk of being hurt, but you’re also making it harder to protect themselves in the future.

If you think that having gun laws minimizes the risk of being harmed, then your dead wrong. Having gun laws doesn’t help the situation of mass shootings, suicides, homicides, nor killing in general, because no matter how many gun laws there are, criminals are criminals, which means that they do things that are illegal. If you think that gun laws are going to lessen crime, then you are sorely mistaken. Crime will happen no matter what, an example would be the amendment against alcohol. That amendment did nothing to stop people from drinking, if anything it increased alcohol sales.

If there were to be gun laws, it should go as far as to check a person’s mental state, and see if they have family that is either in a depressed state, or is having thoughts of revenge against someone that did wrong to them. Gun laws should also have people learn to properly clean, shoot, and lock up a gun properly. Gun laws should have people get gun licenses to legally own a gun. Gun laws should require that a salesman check a person’s background to see if that person had recently commited a crime involving a gun, or was a victim.

Gun laws should not, however, prohibit certain types of guns, unless it is common sense that someone doesn’t need an RPG. If anything, you don’t need to have an explosive device to protect yourself. Sidearms, however, should not be prohibited, no matter the kind. The sawed off shotgun is a good example of this. Although a sawed off shotgun is illegal for the public in the government’s eyes, it might not be to the citizens’ eyes.

Some people believe that if the forces protecting our freedom can have firearms such as .50 caliber sniper rifles, or sawed-off shotguns, or any other unneeded sidearm, then they should have the right to, too. While its unneeded, it’s understandable, as if you are going to protect yourself. Then the people fighting with you shouldn’t feel like a rag-tag army.

Although laws are meant to keep people safe, gun laws don’t really help. Really, the only thing that would help is regulating how people get their guns.