Amendment 2

The Bill of Rights

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Teacher Notes

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.

At the time of the Revolution, there was a strong mistrust of the government of Great Britain. Colonists knew that the only way to protect themselves from the same type of tyranny in the future was for citizens to be able to form a militia to protect their freedom. When The Bill of Rights was written, this protection was included. Since that time there has been a disagreement among constitutional scholars about whether this right was for individual citizens to protect themselves or for states to maintain a military presence. According to current interpretation of the Second Amendment, the government does not have the right to prevent it's citizens from owning guns. However, this amendment is argued about quite often, and is mentioned in the news almost daily.

Some people believe that the government is the enemy, and citizens must continue to protect themselves.

Some believe that the level of violence is so high in the United States because the number of guns available is too high, and too many people have guns.

There is a popular saying that, "If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns." Another popular saying is, "Guns don't kill people, people do."

The government can and does regulate guns. There are laws about gun ownership, registration, permits, transportation of guns, and the sales of guns. Gun proponents believe that attempts by the government to regulate guns are the same as attempts to keep guns out of the hands of the people.

Guns and youth violence are in the news almost daily and there are arguments about whether or not the dangers are on the rise or on the decline.


Courtesy of Denver Rocky Mountain News

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