In the United States, the Second Amendment and gun rights are a highly controversial topic. To the rest of the world, where guns are rarely seen or owned by law abiding citizens, it must seem odd to have Americans continuously debating about this right. The controversy is a hot topic during election time and there is no shortage of debate. The views on this topic by a politician can sway a voter to vote a certain way, depending on the stance of the politician.

Militia

According to Wikipedia, the word militia can be described as a "private, non-#Government force, not necessarily directly supported or sanctioned by its government." When proposals are introduced for taking or altering the rights of Americans and the ability to bear arms, everyone is watching. The words "shall not" are often ignored. The National Rifle Association and other watchdog groups pay very close attention to any legislation introduced to take away any Second Amendment rights from the people by the government.

Being necessary to the security of a free State

The Second Amendment is about freedom. From the choice to own BB guns to rifles and handguns, the freedom to own weapons is an American passion, and the words "shall not be infringed" is taken very seriously. Hunters have rifles and shotguns to hunt game. Target practice is a popular sport and can include clay pigeons or paper targets at an indoor or outdoor range. While criminals will ignore any and all laws pertaining to guns or weapons, the law abiding citizen is targeted. The most hotly debated part of the amendment is the ability to protect oneself, life, and property, in self-defense.

The right of the people to keep and bear arms

The right of the people, law abiding citizens of the United States, to keep and bear arms. This part of the Second Amendment does not discriminate against the type of weapon(s) allowed. Citizens who don't otherwise choose to use or carry weapons still have a right to the freedom to defend themselves from harm with any means necessary.

As Royal Wade Kimes says in his video below, considered by some to be the Second Amendment anthem:

"The Second Amendment was written for you and me."

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