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Second Amendment and the long history of gun laws in the US | Research News,The Indian Express

Second Amendment and the long history of gun laws in the US | Research News,The Indian Express

Gun ownership was first enshrined in the American Constitution under the Second Amendment. The ability to bear arms is intertwined with the Americans' conceptualisation of basic freedoms.

The former president of the United States, Barack Obama, on being asked about gun control would always stress that he did not intend to confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens and that he appreciated the deep cultural traditions that predicated gun ownership in America. At a CNN Townhall in 2016, he even remarked that if he were living in the rural US with no neighbours or police for miles, he would want a gun to protect himself and his family.

Obama recognised that while most Americans support bans on semi-automatic rifles and tighter background checks, their ability to bear arms is intertwined with their conceptualisation of basic freedoms. Gun ownership was first enshrined in the American Constitution under the Second Amendment.

As the shooting at Texas school raises questions about the gun laws in the country, a look at the history of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.



In 1776, back when America was still a British colony, gun ownership was pervasive across the 13 founding states. Citizens, burdened by British rule, had already begun to accumulate arms with over half the population owning guns – more than the number of people who owned books. State arsenals were open to the public and many of them were used during battles against the British forces.

https://indianexpress.com/article/research/mass-shootings-in-us-the-history-of-americas-second-amendment-7963838/


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