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Overview of the Constitution

             While we declared our independence from Great Britain in 1776, that what set us apart as the United States of America was not ratified until 1787. This was the Constitution of the United States, two years later the Bill of Rights was bestowed on the nation. The intent of this paper is to provide a look at the United States Constitution and the Amendments that followed, I will also further give insight into three Amendments that I found interesting.
             By definition a Constitution is a "document that contains fundamental principles of a government " (Ashcroft., 2014. p.4). This is exactly what you would expect to see of Constitution of the United States. Throughout the years Congress has continued to add Amendments creating "the supreme law of the land " (Ashcroft. 2014, p.4). While it is unfortunate that many Americans have not and probably will not read the Constitution in its entirety, I was given the opportunity to do just that and share Amendments that stuck out to me.
             To begin, the Second Amendment "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 Bill of Rights). This Amendment is crucial to the success of your country. This is the very basis on the formation of the United States of America, and with the world we live in today it is worth having a second look at. Americans are being faced with extreme pressure of loosing this right. If we were to loose this right we become vulnerable not only from those trying to bring harm, but more importantly the government trying to force their agenda upon the general population. There is so much controversy on the whole gun control issue, and the biggest misconception thinking that this will fix the problem. According to Tom Catalina, "less than 1 percent are shootings by legal gun owners committing a crime " (2007). This helps to prove that no matter if they restricted the law, people would still have these guns, but now the law-abiding citizen is exposed to the dangers of what was thought to be "safer.

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