The AP Government students of Van Wert High School will be
submitting a weekly editorial to inform the public on a variety of
issues. They have been encouraged to research, take a position, and
defend their reasoning for having such thoughts. The purpose of these
editorials is to provide awareness and knowledge for the community and
to be thought provoking. The views expressed in these editorials do not
represent Van Wert High School, and are written solely by the student
Opponents of gun control laws generally
believe that restrictions on gun ownership is in direct violation of
personal liberties and are instruments of oppression used by
totalitarian governments. I believe citizens of the United States should
be allowed to posses a firearm because of basic fundamental rights.
District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Supreme court handed down a
landmark decision, expressly holding that the second amendment protects
an individual right to possess and carry firearms.” A main point of gun
enthusiasts can be summarized in Thomas Jefferson’s “Commonplace Book,”
by a quote from Cesare Beccaria that states “laws that forbid the
carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
determined to commit crimes … Such laws make things worse for the
assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage
than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with
greater confidence than an armed man.”
the argument that is possessed is that the phrase, “keep and bear”
means that individuals have the right to not only possess the weapon,
but carry it in the event of confrontation. The Second Amendment was
meant to give everyone the right to “keep and bear arms,” but also to
include the militia because an army is needed to defend the country.
in the United States do not, however, have unlimited access to guns.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (or NICS) was put
in place to require that federally licensed dealers run background
checks on prospective gun buyers. There are no restrictions on private
dealers, unless the state has placed them.
Neither right is
allowed to be infringed on because the Constitution is the highest law
of the land. Believing that it is a right to own guns have multiple
reasons such as fundamental rights and the wording “keep and bear” in
the Constitution. Since there has been no amendment made to object to
these rights, they therefore must be acknowledged.