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Right to Bear Arms

Right to Bear Arms

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Right to Bear Arms Questions

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  • What is the original meaning or intent of the Second Amendment?
  • Does it protect an individual right to gun possession?
  • What is the difference between a "civic" right and an individual right?
  • Is the Second Amendment obsolete?
  • Should we revive the militia?
  • Was Congress's use of its tax powers in the National Firearms Act an appropriate way to control guns?
  • Should the states have more or less power to regulate guns?
  • How do America's gun ownership and gun violence rates compare with those of other countries?
  • Is there a correlation between gun ownership rates and gun violence rates?
  • Why are gun ownership rates so high in America?
  • Take a close look at the text of the Second Amendment: 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. Now consider a few questions.
  • Why are there two clauses?
  • What happens when you change the sequence?
  • What happens when you replace the comma after "state" with a semi-colon?
  • If you wanted to guarantee an individual right to keep guns for self-defense, what would you have written?
  • If you wanted to guarantee to the states the right to keep militias, what would you have written?
  • What is a militia? Who are its members?
  • What is a "well regulated" militia?
  • Who are "the people?"

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