So what does the right to bear arms mean to you? Does it mean to tote around any and every type of weaponry to defend yourself with? Does it mean open carry for everyone? Does it mean anyone can own, operate, and possess a weapon regardless of background, training or knowledge? Does it mean responsibly owning, possessing, and operating a weapon for the purpose of recreation, or self defense? That seems to be a huge question into today's 2nd amendment debate. What does the Constitution have to say about the 2nd 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."
Technically, our well regulated militia is the Guard and Reserve components of the various branches of our armed forces, and even then, technically, only the Guard is State ran, funded and supported making it the most eligible candidate for "militia" status. That being said, it has been debated up and down since the inception of our nation. There are many stories and articles about people open carrying and displaying their right to bear arms. Most of them are troubling, some are thought provoking, but most are jut trying to get their point across: we have the right to bear and keep arms thanks to the 2nd Amendment.
The 2nd Amendment isn’t going anywhere and is one of the most divisive issues in politics, yet that doesn’t mean there isn’t any common ground to be had. The biggest issues people are concerned with is being in a registry maintained by the government. However, that is a moot point considering everyone has a Social Security Number, and Driver’s Licence or State ID. All Americans are already in some sort of database owned and controlled by the government. So why is this such a popular and reoccurring talking point? The main answer is fear of reprisal. People are afraid that if they end up on this registry anytime they so much as get a speeding ticket they will be treated differently than if they were never on the registry to begin with. That is a fair sentiment especially considering the attitude of law enforcement in recent years against citizens, or more specifically citizens of color.
That being said it is not an excuse to let all of the loopholes that currently exist within firearms regulations, and risk these weapons getting into the hands of people who would misuse them. We also don’t want to make it impossible for people to get their firearms either, so the solution is apply common sense to the problem:
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