Is It Time to Change the Constitution?

An Opinion on the Freedom to Bear Arms and Gun Violence in the United States

ELENE BERIDZE

On December 15, 1791, history was made. The Bill of Rights was adopted, consisting of the first Ten Amendments of the United States Constitution. Protection of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, the freedom to petition, the right to keep and bear arms, and so on are amendments that are also known as basic human rights.

From the time the Constitution was written, its purpose for the people was understandable. People deserved to protect their freedom of speech, deserved the right to practice the religion of their own choosing, and also deserved to bear arms; and because of that,
the right to keep and bear arms was introduced.

It’s admirable that the Founders established a representative democracy that survived for this long, but the times are different now. At this point, we have to admit that the Constitution is wrong, and the Second Amendment should be revoked.

The Second Amendment right is not the first time the Constitution was inappropriate.

In the beginning, slavery was embodied in the Constitution. They defined slaves as three-fifths of a person. It took a lot of blood and fight to change this amendment. After this long, we can avoid the war and skip to modern times.

In the face of yet another mass shooting, we can see the Second Amendment as improper, and it’s time for it to go. Guns are a threat to the people around us. In the times the amendment was adopted, the technology was vastly different. Advancements in the invention of guns allow shooters to act much quicker than before, making mass shootings and murders possible and more frequent. And quite frankly, it has never been so easy and affordable for a person to purchase a gun.

The argument could be that keeping guns is a part of our basic right— that it’s about the freedom and liberty of the people. But one man’s freedom to bear arms shouldn’t stop another person’s liberty to walk around a crowded cinema without being scared of getting shot. The right to bear arms should not be deemed more important than the safety of someone else’s life. For example, the mass shooting that took place in Pulse, a crowded Orlando night club, on June 12, 2016, could have been even worse if everyone was armed; everyone may have started to shoot in panic.

So why is it more important to keep a gun rather than to have a fun night without a gun for protection Because of expected paranoia.
It can be avoided, if not completely revoking firearms from Americans, then by heavily regulating the second amendment. Even though that would still be dangerous, it could potentially tackle the hazardous issue.

Mass shootings and murders are not a joke, and we can never predict when it’s going to happen. But, we can at least try to prevent them by regulating arms better. It’s more important to keep the society safe, as opposed to keeping a man happy with his collection of pistols. So why voluntarily let people die so easily?

Let’s face it– It’s time to change the Constitution. The second amendment needs to be abolished.

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