On America’s Second Amendment

On America’s Second Amendment

America’s Second Amendment was written into our Constitution in 1791 as a part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment reads: “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.” According to various historians, the Amendment was a logical part of our Constitution. The nation just exited a war against the British and was pressing westward into new territories. Historians also cited the British version of our amendment, which was established late in the 16th century, when Queen Elizabeth I instituted a national militia. That was reflective of individuals of all classes who were required by law to take part in defending the United Kingdom. Many historians felt the American version was patterned after the British. By 1800, the U.S. Census revealed America had 22 states and territories, along with the District of Columbia. The population was over 5.3 million. Today, America has 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five global territories. Our population nears 330 million. Since the beginning of 2021, as of this writing, the Gun Violence Archive documented more than 180 firearm-related mass shootings (defined as four or more victims). Those were a combination of fatal shootings, along with those causing injuries. Earlier this May, seven people were murdered at a Colorado Springs birthday party. Over the last 50-plus years, mass firearm murders have occurred across our nation. In 1966, at the University of Texas in Austin, an […]

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