How Is Gun Violence Influencing Us Citizens Views on the 2nd Amendment?

The gun violence evokes a strong response of the public to the use of guns in violent crimes that cause numerous casualties. At the same time, the influence of gun violence on US citizens’ views on the 2nd Amendment is very significant but controversial. On the one hand, some Americans insist on the enhancement of the 2nd Amendment as their only opportunity to protect themselves, their property and family from gun violence. On the other hand, some Americans believe that the 2nd Amendment should be changed, while the gun control should be enhanced to the extent that gun should be banned from the free use by civilians. In such a way, the gun violence can lead to the raise of the public debate on policies conducted by the government in terms of the protection of Americans from violent assaults involving the use of gun and the possible change of the 2nd Amendment. In such a way, the gun violence evokes the heat debate over the 2nd Amendment from the total repulsion of the 2nd Amendment and insistence on the ban of the gun use by civilians in the US to the enhancement of the 2nd Amendment as the only effective way of Americans to defend their life, health, family and property from violent and gun assaults.

In fact, the influence of the gun violence on American citizens is closely intertwined with the history of the US and the 2nd Amendment as one of the fundamental parts of the US Constitution. Traditionally, the 2nd Amendment is interpreted as the right of Americans to possess and bear arms. Historically, Americans had this right and exercised it, while the 2nd Amendment served as the legal ground for the right of Americans to possess and bear arms (Dizard, et al., 201). On the other hand, this right raises the problem of the availability of gun to US citizens that increases the risk of gun violence. However, the 2nd Amendment and the right of US citizens to possess and bear arms traditionally aimed at the protection of Americans’ life, health, family and their property. This is why a large part of the American society still views the 2nd Amendment as the article of the US Constitution that grants them their basic right to defend their life, health, and property with the help of arms.

In such a context, the response of Americans on the gun violence depends consistently on the historical background of the 2nd Amendment. Americans, who stand on the traditional or conservative ground in their interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, maintain their right to possess and bear arms. When they witness cases of the gun violence, they become aware of the importance of their right to possess and bear arms as the effective way to defend their life, health, family and property. Americans rely on their weapon and the right to use it since they believe this is the only way to defend themselves, in case of the violent gun assault. In such a situation, Americans, who stand on the conservative ground, insist on the further enhancement of the 2nd Amendment to maintain their right to possess and bear arm as the effective tool of self-defense.

Therefore, the gun violence enhances the strong belief of a large part of the American society that the 2nd Amendment needs enhancement to ensure the right of Americans to bear and possess arms. They believe that the 2nd Amendment was implemented correctly and this Amendment can never be neglected or changed. Otherwise, the change of the US Constitution will not put under a threat the right of Americans to possess and bear arms but also and mainly, such a change will lead to the drop of the public security and safety of each American, who will be unable to use arms anymore to defend his/her life, health, property or family.

On the other hand, the gun violence can cause absolutely different response and leads to different effects compared to those discussed above. In fact, there are proponents of the gun control, who insist on the enhancement of the gun control, including the possibility of the ban of the 2nd Amendment. In fact, Americans, who stand on the ground of the gun control, respond to the gun violence as the evidence of the necessity of the introduction of the stricter gun control and change of the government policy in relation to the gun control. In this regard, Americans insisting on the gun control believe that the introduction of stricter regulations, including the ban of the 2nd Amendment involve. Such a response to the gun violence is grounded on their belief that the availability of guns contributes to violent acts involving the gun use in the US (Irons, 178). In other words, some Americans believe that individuals commit violent acts using guns because they have the open access to guns. The availability of guns provokes their violent behavior, whereas the use of guns leads to dangerous and lethal outcomes of violent acts. As a result, people, who insist on the enhancement of the gun control believe that the 2nd Amendment is either misinterpreted or should be changed to deprive Americans of the right to possess and bear arms. The elimination of this legal right may lead to the improvement of the situation in the US because proponents of the gun control believe that the gun control can prevent violent crimes involving the use of guns.

At the same time, it is worth mentioning the fact that the proponents and opponents of the 2nd Amendment stand on the different ground and the gun violence has a different impact on them. Proponents of the 2nd Amendment view the gun violence as a threat to their life and health, as a threat to their family and property. In stark contrast, opponents of the 2nd Amendment, who insist on the stricter gun control policy, view the gun violence not as a threat but as a consequence of the lack of the gun control and as a result of the persistence and legal status of the 2nd Amendment that grants Americans the right to possess and bear arms (Irons, 188). Such different views on the gun violent lead to the different impact of the gun violence on the perception of Americans and their position in regard to the gun control and gun violence.

At the same time, it is worth mentioning the fact that the right to possess and bear arms is one of the fundamental rights of Americans. In such a situation, the ban to possess and bear arms may lead to the violation of the basic right of Americans. On the other hand, the gun violence raises the public opinion against the further free access of Americans to the gun as is the case today. At any rate, the gun violence raises the debate whether the gun control needs enhancement to the extent that the 2nd Amendment should be changed or banned. Such a debate naturally emerges because the gun, as the main tool of committing the gun violence crime, is available to Americans under the 2nd Amendment. In such a situation, the restriction of the access of Americans to guns can have a positive impact on the public security. However, the problem is that the contemporary American society is not prepared for such changes because Americans may feel unsecure being deprived of their right to bear and possess arms as the major right guaranteeing their possibility to defend themselves.

In such a situation, the debate over the gun control persists and grows stronger after every case of the gun violence. However, the resolution of this problem is extremely difficult because opponents and proponents of the gun control stand on the different ground. The gun violence has a different impact on them because proponents of the 2nd Amendment and the right of Americans to possess and bear right believe that this right is the only way for them to secure their life, health and property. In stark contrast, opponents of the 2nd Amendment, who insist on the strict gun control, view the gun violence as the effect of the availability of guns and, therefore, insist on the ban of the available gun to civilians.

 

 

Works Cited:

Irons, P. A People’s History of the Supreme Court New York: Penguin, 2009.

Dizard, J.E. et al. Guns in America: A Reader. New York University Press, 2009.

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