The Second Amendment's purpose has been twisted by the NRA, deems Christopher Martin of Jacobin Magazine. What was once a collective right to own guns and responsibility to protect society as organized militias has transformed into an individual right. Now, anyone who feels the need to have a gun can get one, with little bearing on how they are used. This is the product of NRA lobbying, which profits massively from the status quo. And thus we face tragedies like the Uvalde school shooting far too often. The availability of guns in the US has resulted in almost 25 thousand deaths in 2020. We need to make serious changes to reduce this carnage.
The Second Amendment is invaluable and must be protected, suggests John Lott of Newsweek. It states clearly that Americans' right to own firearms should never be violated. This is a good thing, as it allows people to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe. Many studies have shown that when law-abiding citizens acquire guns, crime goes down. Additionally, much gun control legislation has a racist history of denying nonwhite people the ability to arm themselves. This lives on today, resulting in white men having the most and easiest access to guns in states with tighter gun laws. This right needs to be respected for all Americans.