Webster’s American English Dictionary, 2nd Edition, defines right as “something to which one has a just claim”, while the second amendment states that citizens have the right to keep and bear arms, this have been the source of much controversy regarding gun ownership and rights (“Right” def. n.2).
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution was written in 1871 and states that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. There is much information available today regarding using one’s rights or lose them. Gun control is a constant topic in the media and for politicians. The fight to maintain constitutional rights as a free people is evident by the numerous pro gun rights groups that have been created, developed, and that have grown in number over the past 200 years. The issue over our right to keep and bear arms will continually be debated and is not easily resolved.
The right to keep and bear arms is important in terms of self defense related to protecting self, home, and loved ones. The majority of homeowners that are also gun owners use their right in the same way and for the same reason people have fire insurance. No one really believes that their house will in fact catch fire, but they have fire insurance just in case. Owning a gun is similar to buying fire insurance; most burglars are armed during a forced entry with the intent to steal and or harm the homeowners. The home owner can buy some time and protect their family while waiting for the police to arrive since the police have to wait until a crime has been committed. Homeowners with guns view gun ownership as insurance for safety.
The rights assured by the second amendment also include the ability or right to form a militia in the event that citizens need to join together to protect themselves and this country from a tyrannical government. In the case of American citizens not having the right to keep and bear arms would place this country at extreme risk should our...