The Second Amendment and its Effects on Society

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In 2017, there was a total of 346 mass shootings. Around 11,000 people die from gun violence in the United States each year. Even after shootings took place at school nothing was done to restrict people’s access to guns. One amendment, the second amendment, makes it very difficult to stop unsafe people from buying guns.

The second amendment was written by our founders. The purpose was to make sure that we never had a standing army. Instead, they wanted us to have a militia made up of everyday citizens. They believed that if we had a standing army we would never be free because the army would do anything the president asked. The army might turn on the citizens, so our founders wrote the second amendment. Over time it has changed because we didn’t have to worry about having a standing army. Now citizens claim it protects their right to keep a gun in their home and take it with them. Some use those guns to hunt and others use them to protect themselves against others. But what about the people who use guns to hurt others? Congress has ruled that banning handguns or requiring guns to be trigger locked or disassembled violates the 2nd amendment. But Congress also decided the amendment was only keeping the national government from restricting gun ownership.

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One way to stop mass shootings from happening so often is repealing the second amendment. But there are many ways we can fix the laws without repealing the second amendment. We can ban handguns or prohibit concealed carry. Another idea is to require background checks or forbid anyone under 21 from buying a gun. The government can red flag buyers who might be dangerous, and it can limit the number of firearms a person can own. They can also prohibit mentally unstable citizens and felons from buying guns.

The United States can use the ideas of many other countries to find the right balance of gun regulations. Japan typically has less than ten gun-related deaths per year. To maintain their low gun deaths their citizens have to prove they are responsible enough to own a gun. If you want to own a gun in Japan you must pass a written test after attending an all-day class. You also need to attain at least a 95% accuracy during a shooting range test. The hospital will give you a mental health evaluation, and the government will perform a background check and interview friends and family. Once you pass these tests you will be able to own a shotgun or air rifle, but you will have to retake the class and exam every three years.

In Norway, the number of fatal shootings in the past nine years was less than the number of fatal police shootings in a day in the United States.

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