Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Gun ownership in the United States

Kourosh Ziabari - Adopted on December 15, 1791, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution rules that the possession of firearms and ammunition for the purpose of self-defense is legitimate and legal under US law.

This amendment, which was ratified along with the rest of United States Bill of Rights, emphasizes the right of people to keep and bear arms.

According to a 2006 Gallup survey, some 34 percent of the citizens of the United States possess firearms. Thus there seem to be more than 200 million firearms in private hands.

Based on the statistics released by Reuters, from 1993 to 2000, the United States was the leading supplier of conventional arms to the developing world. In 1999, more than 4 million firearms were manufactured in the United States for domestic sale or export. The Reuters' report added that more than 300 US companies produce arms and ammunition annually; a fact that is incredible and mind-boggling.

What drew the attention of the international community to the issue of gun ownership in the United States once again was the heartrending murder of the assistant principal of Millard South High School, Vicki Kaspar, who was mortally shot by Robert Butler, a 17-year-old student of Lincoln (Nebraska) Southwest High School on January 5. The student was earlier suspended by Ms. Kaspar for driving a car across a Millard South athletic field. After killing the assistant principal, Butler committed suicide as he had previously announced.

1 comment:

Nur ein Wort said...

Actually, the Second Amendment is very good, and ridiculed by the friends of Israel, such as Michael Moore. The Second Amendment is not just a right to bear arms, it is a right for citizens of the United States to organize militias, so they can defend themselves in the case of an oppressive government, as the ones popping up in the US lately. This is the reason why the American Militia is also rising lately. Those who want to safeguard an easy oppression of Americans are the same ones raising voices against the Second Amendment, and this is the reason why Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine was so hyped by Western media worldwide.