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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 -THE 2ND AMENDMENT With these words the Bill of Rights has endowed us with an unbelievable freedom the right to bear arms This right however also bears a tremendous responsibility The right to bear arms is undoubtedly one of the most abused rights in America Due to this abuse the 2nd amendment is one of the most controversial and interesting amendments in the bill of rights Because of the circumstances under which it was made its purpose its controversial effects and its modern-day impact it is one of the most interesting American amendments America is a country forged in war so guns have always been an integral part of the US society America was once nothing more than a group of colonies constantly oppressed by the British soldiers It was only our militia that allowed us to conquer the British and form our own nation Because of this our founding fathers knew that citizens of a truly free nation should always be able to form a militia to protect their rights With this idea in mind the 2nd amendment was proposed to by congress in 1789 along with the rest of the Bill of Rights After undergoing much revision the Bill of Rights was ratified on December 15th 1791 From that day forth the citizens of America would always know that they had certain unalienable rights The 2nd amendment was included in the Bill of Rights for one purpose it was included so that the people of USA would always be able to raise a militia and defend themselves A militia is perhaps the peoples strongest source of power With the right to maintain a militia the citizens can raise a call to arms to defend their rights Americans can feel secure in knowing that should their rights
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