Chapter 1:- Second Amendment and how it is important
A topic that has been hotly debated over the years and has become highly controversial is the second amendment to the constitution and its importance. The Second Amendment states that, “a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to bear arms, shall not be infringed.” The interpretation of the “right of the people” shows that it protects the individual rights of the citizens to own guns. The second amendment is widely considered to be the most important amendment in the constitution for several reasons. It bestows the citizens with protection, defense, and it establishes greater hegemony for the nation as a whole.
The second amendment grants protection to all law biding citizens. It protects them from criminals and even from the government. Owning a gun allows citizens to protect their property and themselves. For example, if a criminal knew for a fact that a certain house or a certain neighborhood had guns then he would surely think twice before breaking in or vandalizing their property. The second amendment gives the citizens protection with guns and therefore it discourages criminals from attacking the innocent. According to firearms expert Neil Schulman, firearms are the most effective way to protect your home from common criminals. As long as you learn how to use guns safely and take precautions to keep them out of the irresponsible hands of criminals, then the guns makes your home safer and could potentially save your life and that of your loved ones. The second amendment also offers protection from the government. At the time when the second amendment was put into place, the government was ignoring the needs of the people and striking out against them. This was during the time when there was a tyrannical government. The second amendment gives the citizens the power to fight back against a powerful and tyrannical government. It would make sure that the government did not step out of its boundaries and abuse their power. An unarmed society is a compliant society that will bend to anything the government declares. As Richard Henry Lee suggested, “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” The second amendment has a unique importance in this nation today as a fundamental part of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It is the only enforcement mechanism that we as law biding citizens have in the entire Constitution. Americans not only have the right to bear arms, they have the duty to do so, so they can protect their family and community.
The second amendment grants citizens the right to defend themselves as well. In today’s world, danger can be right around the corner. As criminals become more and more wily, it is not enough to rely on our police force to defend us. Courts have ruled time and time again that law enforcement agents are not required to defend us or our property. Instead we have to turn to guns and exercise our right to bear arms. In our Declaration of Independence, life is one of the three unalienable rights that is granted to each and every one of us. By using the second amendment, we can protect this right and ensure that it isn’t wrongly taken away from our grasp. Handguns are used to protect citizens against robbers, rapists and other criminals, one thousand five hundred sixty-one times each day overall and a gun in a house is two hundred times more likely to be used in self defense then in causing the death of an innocent victim. It is a known fact that when you ask a law enforcement agent to help you out in a time of need it takes them at least ten minutes to arrive at your house. In those ten minutes, a criminal could easily harm you or your loved ones but this entire scenario can be prevented if everyone exercised the rights they received from the second amendment.
The Second Amendment is especially important when viewed in a larger perspective such as the nation as a whole. It increases the hegemony of the United States of America if everyone uses the Second Amendment to their advantage. Hegemony is one country’s influence over another country. It is a very important tool to have on your side since we as a country can stay as a global leader and make sure that the other countries don’t get out of hand. In the text of the Second Amendment, it states that we have a right to have a “well regulated militia.” When performing this right to its full meaning, we are also, as a whole, increasing the hegemony of the United States. Without a militia, we would have been crushed by our neighbors long ago. For example, if countries knew that the citizens of the United States had the right to bear arms and have a militia that performs to its full capacity then they will make sure not to harm us in any way since they know that we have many assets to our advantage. There is a growing problem in our world today that the Second Amendment and our higher hegemony would address, terrorism. If terrorists were made aware of the fact that we had all of these rights just from this one important amendment then it would discourage them from performing attacks upon us and this could prevent potential attacks from hopeful terrorists.
The Second Amendment is the most important amendment in the Constitution because it ensures the citizens with defense, protection and the most important of all ; It increases our hegemony and ensures that we will remain a global leader. The United States of America was born as an armed society. Guns and militias are an important part of our traditions and remain essential for the preservation of our way of life and our liberties.