Help with a debate and argument synthesis essay?
So I have do an argument synthesis essay about an issue and then debate about it. My issue is about the right to bear arms. Here is the issue:
-Does the right to bear arms extend only to weapons commonly used in militias? Can the federal government ban handguns in homes or does it extend to an individual’s right to own firearms? what about state governments and their bans on certain weapons?
-I’m supposed to be against it, as in homes having guns.
I’m having a lot of trouble finding info against it so please help. Oh and i was given a stance on the issue just for the sake of the debate not based on my own opinions.Thanks.
People have an inalienable right to protect themselves, and the firearm is the most effective tool ever made to protect a person. That is one of the many reasons our fore fathers protected the right to keep and bear arms when they wrote the Bill of Rights.
Owning firearms because one is part of the regular militia is only one reason the right was protected in the Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment does not say anything about the type of arms a law abiding citizen may own, only that the Second and Ninth Amendments do protect the rights of the people.
What about state and local government? Ask yourself this question, if state or local government wanted to disregard the Fourteenth Amendment and have slaves would the Federal government allow that? So why would the Federal government allow state and local government to trample on the Second or Ninth Amendments?
Many people that doesn’t understand what our fore father wanted in the Second Amendment falsely claims that the Second Amendment was only written so the states could have militias, but that is untrue. First the Bill of Rights was written to define the rights of the individual PEOPLE not the government. Second if the founders were only interested in having a militia that was armed, they would never have written the Second amendment into the bill of rights, because Article 1: Section 8. of the US Constitution would have been sufficient. This giving Congress the right to call up every able bodied man and their arms. Here is what some of our founding fathers though on the ownership of firearms.
“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence. The church, the plow, the prairie wagon and citizens firearms are indelibly related.” – George Washington
“The Constitution shall never be construed to authorize congressto prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens …. from keeping their own arms.” – Samuel Adams
“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms …. disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants. They serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be
attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” – Thomas Jefferson
And last but not least Thomas Jefferson made it so clear that even the most stupid people could understand it with: “No free man shall be debarred the use of arms.”