Regulate Gun Ownership

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Does the federal government have implied power or do states have reserved power over the Second Amendment? The Second Amendment to the Constitution says: “ 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.” (Patterson) This amendment has been at the center of debate since it was ratified. Moreover, the controversy over the Second Amendment revolves around two related questions of government authority: does the government have the right to impose regulations, and should the government regulate guns? Some believe the federal government should regulate guns, so all Americans have to follow the same rules to purchase firearms instead of states regulating…show more content…
I can still remember the first time I pulled the trigger on a .410 shotgun because I was too little to hold a .12 gauge. This is part of the culture of a big part of America. I live in a place where we still close schools and plants on the first day of deer season, nobody is going to show up anyway. We have taken this important part of the life of millions of Americans and turned it into an instrument of maintaining madness. It is crazy.” (Clinton) In reality, owning a gun is an American citizen 's second amendment right. Nevertheless, gun control rotates around government power. While the second amendment is short, it has been challenged, and questioned ever since it was…show more content…
To emphasize, the Second Amendment is a American citizens right, but this privilege can be taken away if one does not abide by the laws of American society. Therefore, the Second Amendment is of great controversy in America. The federal government should not have a say about the second amendment; just uphold the law. In the event, the federal government may set Categorical Grants on gun laws for states, will we as Americans lose our Second Amendment rights, this is what many citizens in American society are concerned about. Coupled with, sometimes it is not about who is right, it is about what is best for the greater good of American citizens. Furthermore, this is where the problem lies; whom should have the say of what is best for the greater good, state governments or the federal government. Therefore, the controversy over the Second Amendment has become an issue of federalism; does the federal government have more implied power than the reserved power of the states or should the Second Amendment not be infringed upon , such as it was
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