The Right To Bear Understanding


A Perspective on the Validity of Opinions Regarding Firearm Legislation. The right to bear arms has been and will continue to be a topic of much discussion and debate in the United States. Most people take one of two sides: one side believes the right allows for government control and regulation, while the other side feel the right restricts government interference and allows for complete freedom in who can bear arms. This right, although most popular in the United States, is not an American invention. This right has been echoed by numerous philosophers throughout history, including Aristotle, Machiavelli and John Locke. It most famously entered the world of government-granted rights in 1689 when England passed a ‘Bill of Rights’ that included the following: “That the subjects which are Protestants may have Arms for their Defence suitable to their Conditions and as allowed by Law” The bill also goes on to establish that such rights were to be r…

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