Essay on The Context Of The Second Amendment

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The Context of The Second Amendment

The interpretation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the
United States of America has been a topic of controversy since its acceptance over two-hundred years ago. This controversy stems from the fact that the amendment was written for reasons for the most part that do not have any relevance today. One side argues the amendment void, and the other takes it out of historical context so it portrays the meaning they want. To understand what the second Amendment means, one must interpret the actual text, the historical background for its adoption, and what it means today.

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free
State, the right of the people
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The struggle with England and King George scared the American people.
They saw a man corrupted by power and using his power to do evil. The founding fathers realized that one man having so much power could be corrupting. That is why they set up our political system with many checks and balances so that one branch could not dominate the other two. The founding fathers feared that the one man in control could turn out to be a tyrant. For this reason, they feared to have a standing army of professionally trained soldiers. The founding fathers set up the Second Amendment for the possibility that the government would have to be overthrown.

“[The Second Amendment,] a statement perhaps aimed less at the right of the individual to carry arms than to prohibit the establishment of a permanent army of professional soldiers who might some day offer a threat to the civilian society the envisaged”(Hook, 26).

So the second Amendment was set up to protect the citizens from the possible oppression they could undergo from their own government. It was also set up to protect us from other countries.

At the time standing armies were hired soldiers and mercenaries who for the most part fought for the money instead of the country. The founding fathers believed that state militias fighting for their country and freedom would be much more effective in battle.

“A militia is the

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