“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” - The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
With the recent events of the Parkland school shooting, it is easy to have a knee-jerk reaction to ban all guns, and it is easy to forget the sheer importance of the Second Amendment and the plethora of positive effects it has on American society.
The Second Amendment is perhaps the most important amendment the Founding Fathers added to the Constitution. The Second Amendment allows citizens of legal age (and in most states with proper permission and licensing) to defend themselves, their property, their family, and their neighbors from criminals. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Americans rely on hunting to put food on their table, and/or rely on hunting as an occupation to put money in the bank. Why do people need firearms? Why not? It’s a citizen’s right. Since when did an American citizen need a reason to exercise our constitutional rights?