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An Abused Freedom The Second Amendment I believe has been over-stretched and misrepresented by gun lobbyists such as the National Rifle Association NRA for years They always hide behind the Second Amendment saying that this freedom is what our country was built upon In a recent article in Newsweek magazine the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association Wayne LaPierre stated the real target is the Second Amendment I dont think it has anything to do with crime or stopping violence I think the ultimate target is to take away the freedom and take away the Second Amendment The two notorious loopholes that all but guarantee an individual the quick purchase of a handgun or semi-automatic rifle are gun shows and individual sales the sale from one person to another I believe that the public should focus their attack at the National Rifle Association and toward the public gun shows where permit or background checks are non- existence The only exception to that standard is that an individual must be twenty-one years old to purchase a handgun and eighteen years old to purchase shotguns and rifles other than large caliber It is pretty upsetting to know that the only thing required for purchasing a handgun or rifle at a gun show is the buyers proof of age and the all-mighty American dollar This leaves the door open to everyone from the mentally ill down to the disgruntled young teen that feels that a gun will solve his or her problems with the local high school bullies Wayne LaPierre also stated the countries that have bans you can still get guns If youve got cash in your hands its just like drugs the guns are there Its the honest people who fill out the forms abide by the paperwork and have to live with the bans Another concern should be focused on individual sales which is the leading supply line for teens between
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