In the US, we have the 2nd amendment which gives citizens the right to bear arms. But in recent years, the abuse of this right has been more prevalent in the media. For instance, two men were threatening/planning to shoot up a Pokemon tournament in Boston. Now reasons for this uptick in violence has been blamed on lax gun laws, mental health, and even not enough citizens with guns. And though the 2nd amendment originally was to allow the citizenry to protect themselves from a tyrannical government, it seems that it is now society that is more likely to cause such violence and upheaval than said government. Does the right to protect one's family need to include the right to have a gun? Does having a gun or guns increase the likelihood of violence or death? Or does it prevent or decrease it? Can laws be made to stem the purchases of guns to future/potential violent offenders? Is there any way to stem the flow of illegal guns or criminals are not armed as well as police? Does the previous question have side effects too dangerous for implementation?
In a perfect world, everyone would know how to use a gun and it would only be used in actual self-defense, sporting, or hunting. But this has become just a mainstay in the society, people committing violent almost terrorist acts with guns that the problem needs to be addressed if not acknowledged. IMO.
So is the 2nd amendment outdated? Has our fervor to keep the amendment blinded us to the idea of moderation and some regulation (I know dirty word) of gun ownership and use? Or is there really no problem and there's just a burst of violence which are actually far and few in between?*
*Last question added by prodding by Ganderath
Edited by DarkNemesis, 23 August 2015 - 06:02 PM.