The NRA's Fight to Protect the Second Amendment Essay

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Canadian and International Law ISP

Part A: Essay

The NRA (National Rifle Association) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization; its goal is protecting the Second Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights (“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.”) by promoting firearm ownership rights and well as marksmanship, firearm safety, and the opposition of legislative proposals for the control of firearms (About the NRA, National Rifle Association). Other goals include “promoting and encouraging rifle shooting on a scientific basis” by preparing youth programs for gun training, hunting, firearm competitions, as well as setting law
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One example of this justification is the fact that Washington has high murder rates despite strict gun control laws, also, guns that were used in crimes were bought in Virginia; as a result, the NRA deemed gun control laws as worthless. NRA lobbyists would claim that gun control laws would have to be consistent in order to have any effect, and it would take years before they would have any impact on society (Barden 42). An alternate proposal is that existing laws should be enforced stricter, with tougher sentences to those who break the law. They claim that it will drive down crime rates while making gun control unnecessary (Bender 75). In justifying the necessity for the ownership of guns, the NRA effectively takes an aggressive stance, fighting to eliminate redundant laws, while strongly emphasizing to punish lawbreakers more strictly, not compromising a citizen’s rights.
To contribute upholding the Second Amendment in American society, the NRA uses lobbyists to persuade Congress that guns are a practical and valuable asset in American life. Their justification is that Congress’ restrictions on gun ownership conflict with the Second Amendment, by not granting privacy to law-abiding citizens who are gun owners and punishing them (Barden 38). Secondly, they emphasize the rights the Second Amendment has granted every American such as manufacturing, transporting, and buying

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