In the article, “Gun Control Is Constitutional (From Gun Control, P 83-86, 1992, Charles P Cozic, ed. — See NCJ-160164)” (Brady 1992) I learned that having gun regulations does not violate our Second Amendment right for that the Amendment was not written to guarantee American individuals to own firearms. The Second Amendment was created to allow states to maintain a militia rather than allowing U.S. individuals to own firearms, as determined by court decisions when addressing the Amendment. These courts have reviewed the Second Amendment and have concluded that U.S. citizens are not guaranteed the right to own a gun. Having reasonable gun laws/ restrictions does not violate the Second Amendment when allowing individuals to own arms isn’t what the Second Amendment grants in the first place. Restrictions on gun purchasing are constitutional, especially considering most gun laws are done to protect the public nor do these laws advocate the banning of firearms. The Second Amendment has been misinterpreted into believing that there is no limitation to owning firearms and the owning of arms. In reality, the Second Amendment doesn’t warrant the belief of granting U.S. individuals to bear arms, rather to allow states to retain a militia.
Having reasonable gun laws is a topic that I can agree with. The idea that having laws to both protect the public while also allowing people to still maintain the right to bear arms can satisfy the needs of both sides of the debate. I highly doubt that most arguments for gun regulation advocate for the ban of firearms entirely. My thoughts on this is maybe why there hasn’t been much debate about what the Second Amendment means in American courts? I’d like to know if the Second Amendment was written too vaguely. I think people shouldn’t misinterpret the Amendment but instead actually learn their rights. This information helps me understand what the Second Amendment means.
As I continue to learn about the Second Amendment, I want to know more about who or what determines the rationale of gun laws so as to maintain U.S. citizens to bear arms.