Dangers of a Second Amendment Culture (Anna Bader)

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution reads, “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.” There has been a lot of debate concerning the pros and cons of this particular amendment. Some would argue that the right to carry firearms gives a sense of safety and security and decreases crime and the chance of a criminal attack. Some studies support this theory. One study found that criminals retreat 55% percent of the time when people draw their guns in self-defense (connectusfund.org).

Others argue that the Second Amendment leaves people feeling ill at ease instead of safe. They think it increases crime and the potential for gun-related incidents. The same study mentioned above found that a gun-carrying person is 4.5 times more likely to get shot during a criminal attack (connectusfund.org).

Moreover, the fact that many citizens of the U.S. are likely to carry a firearm has increased fears of a senseless shooting during routine traffic stops. This can be especially dangerous to foreigners unfamiliar with America’s gun culture. For instance, on July 15, 2017, 40-year-old Justine Ruszczyk from Australia was shot by a police officer one month before her wedding. Ruszczyk had called the police because she felt threatened by a stranger and ran towards the sheriff’s vehicle hoping to receive help. The police officer, fearing an attack, shot the young woman in what he believed to be self-defense. Many felt that her death could have been avoided had the Constitution prohibited the private use of firearms and therefore limited the fear of hidden firearms and senseless shootings.

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