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The Second Amendment.

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The Second Amendment "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." This is the foundation of the second amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Our founding fathers had the foresight to know that not every issue could be addressed in the original Constitution. Because of this, they allowed the constitution to be amended by a majority vote. The main disagreement by opponents of the Second Amendment is the interpretation of the word -- militia. Some adversaries to the second amendment would argue that militia is the standing military rather than an individual's right, but I believe that every American has the right to keep and bear arms, to overthrow a tyrannical government, to insure safety and to protect their inalienable rights. First, after fighting a war for independence against England, our government realized that a system of checks and balances should include the means for its citizens to change or overthrow the new government if it did not serve it citizens. ...read more.

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This is partially because criminals are opportunistic and actually choose their victims to get an advantage. There is a saying: "God did not create all men equal, Samuel Colt did" meaning that a firearm is a great equalizer. "The right of the people to keep and bear arms..." permits senior citizen, women, and even men confronted with gangs or riots to have the ability to protect themselves on a level field by having this right. The FBI does not gather crime statistics pertaining to crimes avoided, but chooses to list murders, kidnapping and other violent crimes after the fact. However, The National Rifle Association (NRA) gathers statistics that prove every year that armed citizens prevent over a quarter million criminal acts. The NRA in its monthly magazine The American Rifleman has a column dedicated to newspaper clippings from across America, related to crimes either prevented or terminated. The NRA has no difficulty filling the column with factual documentation regarding armed citizens who have chosen to ensure their personal safety with firearms. ...read more.

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When attacked, they inflicted casualties of ten to one on the Nazi troops. The Jews all died but this stands as an example of how a single armed man can make a difference. The second amendment ensures that the people will continue to have the ability to protect themselves from internal and external forces attempting to take away their rights. The constant premise of enslaved people has been the absence of arms versus the arms that their masters possessed. I believe America's Constitution and its subsequent amendments are essential to the freedoms that Americans possess. America's Constitution is a living and dynamic document designed to serve its citizens. The passage and incorporation of the Second Amendment was, and still is, of essential importance. It is just as important today as it was when first ratified, and incorporated to protect the people from each other, their enemies, and even their own government if necessary. Thanks to the Second Amendment, every American has the right to keep and bear arms to overthrow a tyrannical government, to insure their own safety and to protect their inalienable rights. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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