Gun Rights: Guide To The NRA

The text of 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.â€The Second Amendment’s right to bear arms can be interpreted two ways. The first interpretation regards the United States right as a “collectiveâ€ to protect it should civil or foreign enemies attack. The most popular understanding is that each American has an “individualâ€ right to protect life, limb, family and property. Gun control continues to be a national issue as many deaths arise from their use.Since owning a weapon is not inherent to an American citizen’s survival as it was two centuries ago, many call the right to bear arms not necessary. Deaths from guns resulting from crime have called to action bans on handguns. The NRA maintains that gun education would save lives and that guns do not kill people, people kill people when they pull the trigger. The NRA maintains that it’s an individual’s right to protect himself should such people threaten his life, family or property. The main controversy is whether the Second Amendment mandates that view or if it the amendment is speaking of the country as a whole—it’s armed forces protecting it from its enemies.