The Second Amendment A Right Or Privilege?
The right to bear arms as stated in the Bill of Rights is implied as another inalienable right much like Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness which are all as pivotal as any article stated in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. These two most sacred of all documents are the bedrock upon which the United States was founded and still are the governing instruments that binds this country together.
Through-out our history amendments have been added that reflect the growing changes in the evolution of our society. With those changes comes interpretations that add or detract from the exact context of those amendments. The second amendment is one such article that today is interpreted with such ill regard for the general American public. Our founding fathers had sought to imply that the right to bear arms would be a safeguard against tyranny and a overbearing government that would infringe upon the rights of it's citizens. Least we forget that with any right or privilege comes a responsibility.
With the advent of newer technologies and greater means for self destruction with less degree of personal responsibility the second amendment is almost rendering the United States incapable of halting the carnage of life and the devastation of societies. Still with all the ways to reduce the horrific violence caused by the callous and vicious acts by individuals in today's society are continually overlooked and often dispelled as either ineffective or not warranted. Yet, we have factions with armaments and the means to use them that far exceed those that are in use by the agencies that are sworn to protect and serve our society. Are the people of the United States using the second amendment as a means to garnish more armaments in the event of civil unrest or is the United States on the brink of social upheaval? What ever the reason for the recent Supreme Courts decision on the second amendment the people of the United States must become more responsible in the decisions made involving the procurement and use of the right to bear arms.
Since the inception of the Automobile the enormous destruction of property and loss of life caused because of the carelessness, the lack of proper safety procedures, and the fact that newer and faster models were being available made it necessary for the United States decree that operation and use of an automobile become a privilege, not a right. Doing so made it necessary for individuals learn how to properly use and safely operate not only cars but planes, motor cycles, boats and all other sorts of motor vehicles. Everyone now must pass written and physical operational tests for those motor vehicles before a license is issued. There lies the personal responsibility.
When a right is no longer justified is contingent upon, like in the privilege of the operation motor vehicles, should not be guaranteed but rather a privilege. The lives saved and societies rescued from all the devastation caused by mans misuse of the second amendment will now be greatly reduced.
Our society today has evolved to the point that it has become necessary to save ourselves from the self destruction and start using the technologies developed in securing the safe use and handling of firearms. Amend the constitution with the second amendment becoming a privilege and not an inherent right. This may be the first step in the long road toward societies stability and security.