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Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history, which killed 32 people and wounded many others. Those who survived with no injuries carry emotional scars. In this editorial written by Sarah Mccammon a NRP reporter , reports of a school shooting that occurred in the Virginia Tech college campus were fortunately,everybody came out alive.However, it still impacted many people's (students and staff) lives specifically for they felt helpless in this critical moment due to the fact they didn't have a gun thus, couldn't protect themselves from this potential killer that was in the loose. She argues that events like this continue to occur and that it would be best for students to have some sort of defense to be able to help reduce the likelihood of gun violence . However, there are many questions left as to how individuals in these college campuses will use these guns whether for protection, self deference or neither?
These 27 words have been the source of heated debate since before they were even put to paper. What do they REALLY mean?
In this article written by AJ Willingham, a reporter for CNN digital in Atlanta, argues that the second amendment's meaning has changed due to this gradual change in societies and advancements in technologies and weapons. Further explaining that the term militia and other debatable terms that have evolved or become non existent over the years have caused much debate as to whether or not the second amendment's banning of arms would still be considered constitutional. Thus AJ demonstrates a more open minded perspective regarding this amendment breaking it up piece by piece and comparing its relation it had the moment it was written and now.
After a law takes effect on Thursday, anyone licensed to carry a concealed firearm can choose to carry a weapon out in the open, in a belt or shoulder holster, loaded or unloaded. In this editorial written by Manny Fernandez a reporter of the New York Times, he argues that the legalization of guns in several states has posed legal and logistical problems for municipalities and law enforcement agencies seeking to balance gun owners’ constitutional rights with maintaining order. He continues by pointing out the various different states and how their regulations on gun control has led to confusion and debate about whether it is appropriate, let alone legal, for people to openly display their handguns. Fernandez fears that the new gun laws will make it difficult for officers to sort out the good guys from the bad guys if a crime scene would ever to occur. however, he does include, the other side of the story as well , explaining that gun advocates want this to become law because it “would deter crime and eliminate the risks of a wardrobe mishap, such as when someone carrying a concealed weapon breaks the law by accidentally exposing the firearm. But the new law is a symbolic as well as practical victory. Supporters said there was no better advertisement for the Second Amendment than to have thousands of responsible adults openly carrying their weapons in a highly visible fashion." Based on this article and the different points of views it provided it seems clear that he still believes the right to bear arms in public places should be illegal.
The Second Amendment was right when it was passed, and we still need it today.In this editorial written by Charles C.W. Cooke who was the renowned author of the “ conservative manifesto argued that guns should be allowed to be sold to the people because the relationship between the state and the individual has not changed. In fact, he argues that the second amendment is a timeless part of the constitution that is considered the great equalizer of power between the individual and the state. Like many conservatives Cooke is advocating for the right to bear arms as a way to protect the people from governmental tyranny. Although he has a point he is lacking at the individual level that if people are allowed to own guns then their would need to be more government regulations due to the unpredictable ways of human nature to protect the people from each other.