History of the second amendment has always been a controversial subject and depending on which party is in power the push will either be to limit/revise this amendment or surround the wagons to protect it from assault at all cost.
The usual catalyst for heated debates is a shooting incident in a very pubic setting where a number of people are injured or fatally shot. The line is then drawn in the sand and the public takes sides.
One camp argues that if we were to repeal Second Amendment rights, the right to ownership, then no one would have guns thus eliminating such incidents from ever happening again. Those from the other camp would argue that if all citizens were to carry firearms then the criminals in society would think twice before attacking anyone.
This is where we have our usual stalemate.
The history of the Second Amendment shows that it was not enacted to give the people a new right, it simply is an extension of the inalienable right to defend ones self, a basic natural right that grows out of the natural right to life.
Newton School Shooting
On December 14, 2012 a tragic shooting took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut that resulted in 26 people being shot and killed. Aside from the details of the actual incident it is always beneficial to look at what led up to such incidents to put things in proper perspective.
Many will simply want to look at the final tally and say that the degree of violence that occurred is all that is needed to justify action to repeal Second Amendment rights and forget about the history of the second amendment. How much longer will we have to put up with such violence, especially since this could have been avoided?
Here are the facts about the shooter and what took place prior to that day:
April 1999 - Two heavily armed teenagers go on a rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, shooting 13 students and staff before taking their own lives.
December 11, 2012 - A gunman opens fire inside in an Oregon shopping mall, killing two people and wounding one. He then kills himself.
July 20, 2012 - A masked gunman kills 12 people and wounds 58 when he opens fire on moviegoers at a showing of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, a suburb of Denver. A 24-year-old former university student is charged in connection with the rampage.