The Pros And Cons Of The Second Amendment

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About 22% of Americans own one or more guns (35% of men and 12% of women). The second amendment is a part of the bill of rights. The bill of rights was established on December 15, 1791. Having been ratified by three-fourths of the states, the Bill of Rights or the first ten amendments to the Constitution was adopted. The second amendment was first proposed so the states could form army’s to destroy slave rebellions. The founding fathers were frightened by a standing army because they feared coups. Coups means a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government. The Second amendment was also created to protect people 's individual freedoms, it protects people 's individual right to own guns and other weapons. Many court cases have occurred involving the Second Amendment, one that was important was the United States vs. Miller case in 1939. This case was a challenge to the National Firearms Act. Miller 's side was arguing that the section that required registration for sawed off shotguns should be repealed. The Supreme Court ended up upholding it. The United States v. Miller case was perhaps the most cited Supreme Court case on the Second Amendment. The Court held that the obvious purpose of the …show more content…

McDonald vs. Chicago took place in 2010. It was a court case about people being able to own guns under the right of the Second Amendment. In this case the rights of the people were being taken away by the city of Chicago. The McDonald family claimed that their rights to owning a gun to help protect their family were being stolen from them. Chicago had a city ordinance that banned owning private handguns while being in or living in Chicago. In this case both sides had different ways of seeing the Second Amendment. Chicago argued about the rights states have to change firearm regulation due to what is needed locally. The McDonald family made points about the right to bear arms being a fundamental right that states should not be able to take from

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