America is always going back and forth on whether or not gun laws should be come more strict. There are many people who support guns, like members the NRA, but there are also many people who are strongly opposed to guns. There are also people who don’t know how to feel. Some Americans gain a strong sense of security from having a gun, while others believe that guns can only do damage. There is so much fighting over whether or not people can have guns and where they can have them. There is also conflict on which guns should be legal and which should be illegal. All of these arguments are fueled in light of tragic events like the Sandy Hook school shooting.
In 2019, Pete Willams from NBC News wrote an article that explains some of this conflict in the context of the law. He brings up cases like Washington, D.C. v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago to talk about courts hesitance to even bring forth the topic of guns rights. The Williams’ article “Gun control advocates nervous as SupremeCourt takes up first 2nd Amendment case in a decade“, talks about a court case from New York in which a group from the New Your State and Pistol Association Inc. asked that they be allowed to take unloaded guns across state lines for the purpose of gun competitions. The court ruled in favor of the City of New York saying, “The city has never abandoned its view that the right protected by the Second Amendment is a homebound right”.
While this particular example is a win for advocates of gun control, these types of conflicts happen all of the time. This case was an exception in its ruling in favor of gun control. Typically, the Second Amendment protects gun rights. For example, in Washington, D.C. v. Heller, the court ruled that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep handguns as self-defense. McDonald v. Chicago then made it so that the Washington, D.C. v. Heller court ruling was made nationwide. There will be debates over guns rights for a long time because things are constantly changing. What the constitution laid out will always be reinterpreted and understood in many ways. There will likely never be a solidified decision on gun rights in the United States simply because there are so many different views on the topic.Tags: Gun Violence Guns Judge Memorial Catholic High School