I don’t know how many people have actually looked up to see what it says. Most people seem to believe that it says that the average American should be able to own a gun without any regulations. That anyone should be able to go into a gun shop and walk out with whatever they are able to afford. No questions asked. I am a gun owner. I have owned a gun for most of my life, but I find it odd that good people would not want some kind of regulations on who might be able to buy a lethal weapon.
The following is the entire second amendment.
“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.”
First note is that it states “A well regulated Militia”. To me “well regulated” means that there are laws controlling it from getting out of hand. I don’t see how we can have”well regulated” guns without laws to manage them. The definition of regulate is to “control or maintain the rate or speed of (a machine or process) so that it operates properly.” I personally have no problem with regulating guns based on this definition. I don’t see that the government is doing anything differently than this either. What I have seen is that it’s OK when a Republican congress or president regulates, but when a democrat does it, it is not OK.
I remember Reagan trying to regulate guns back in the 1980’s but I didn’t hear people yelling back then. But they did when Clinton tried to pass regulations (that started under Reagan) and now there is complaining as President Obama wants to. I don’t remember either Bush trying to regulate anything with guns.
Secondly the amendment says it is for the “security of a free state.” This statement means keeping America free from outside attacks. I don’t know how someone having a gun without regulations is going to keep America free. If Russia, China, or whoever attacks we have the military to defend us. When this amendment was written we did not have a large military. Local militias were our main defense, so we needed people to own guns in case the British attacked like they did in 1812.
Today only China has more people in the military than the United States. In the late 1700’s when this amendment was put into place we didn’t have much of anything. By the war of 1812 the British had nearly 1/4 of a million troops compared to 7,000 in the U.S. military so we needed people to have guns. When Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812 he had over half a million troops. We were tiny and insignificant. We needed anything and everything we could get to defend ourselves. We did eventually get up to the mid 40,000 during the war, but there was still a big disparity.
With the invention of planes, rockets, tanks and so much more, the idea of a militia has become obsolete, like maybe this amendment has. We have no need today for an active militia because we have such a large military. Militias in the way that the amendment was written no longer exist and haven’t for a century.
Thirdly, what is wrong with background checks on people who want to own guns? Do you want criminals to go buy guns? If you take away regulations then they will be able to walk into a store and buy one just like anyone. No questions asked. Of course they may go steal one, but it would be less risky to simply buy one without questions so that they can go rob that gas station or shoot their neighbor, spouse, or whomever they are ticked off at at that moment.
Is there something wrong with banning assault weapons? Who needs one? You can’t hunt with one. I can defend my family easier with a handgun than I could an assault weapon, especially at close range.
Another thing the Obama administration would like is to limit ammunition magazines to a 10-round capacity. I don’t understand why you’d want more rounds than that. Realistically if you haven’t hit your target in two shots, it’s gone. So what would you need a gun with so many rounds for?
I have never been given a good reason as to why someone wants these types of weapons or that much fire power. I have never been given a good reason for why a person should not have patience and wait a couple days to be approved for a gun. I find the reasons given to be selfish and impatient. I want it and I want it NOW! No one should be able to tell me what to do, what I can have or what I can do with it. That is how those who fight against gun control sound to me. Maybe they need a good time out.
For me the whole issue is about safety. Safety for you, your kids, your family, your neighborhood. If you have not done anything wrong then there is no reason to not want regulations. You will still be able to get your gun. I don’t think any of us wants a gun in the hands of someone who is unstable or has a history of violence. Those people will be denied. The less available guns are to people like that, the better and safer society will be. Yes, I know that criminals will just go out and steal a gun or buy one illegally, but the harder we make it for them the better and safer we will be.
Hope this helps you better understand the the second amendment.