Yet in modern days where private citizens have turned to amassing several firearms with no clear threat to their lives, it is necessary to pursue the Second Amendment with caution.
Cases of armed civilians shooting police officers dead have been on the rise in the past five years.
The Second 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” (Caplan p32).
“Underlying this amendment are two goals of an individual and collective defense from violence and aggression, which have been recognized by Congress” ( Caplan P.32).
However, such rights made sense during moments when private citizens did not trust the national government.
The American civil war of the mid 19th century gave civilians such a chance.One of the key reasons why gun control is necessary is the increase in shooting cases, particularly in schools.Several innocent school children have previously died due to the prevalence of a high number of guns in the hands of civilians.Pro-gun control believes that guns are the backbone to our crime problem.They also believe that gun laws help keep guns of the street and deter crime.In reality, however, very few cases of intervention by armed civilians have been recorded in the past at scenes of crime.Mass killings continue in schools, and no one intervenes in such cases because a gunman comes with the sole intention of murder.Still, some of the weapons used for hunting are assault and semi-automatic.In fact, assault weapons, which account for a significant number of weapons held by private citizens, is not meant to be used for sport hunting purposes.In this regard, the pursuit of the Second Amendment must be cautious, and gun control needs to be enforced.One of the aspects that make gun control relatively difficult is the ability of armed civilians to intervene and stop criminals at scenes of crime.