2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution at ground zero in gun control debate

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Just in case you don't remember what you learned in your U.S. history class, the First Congress of the United States ratified Articles 3-12 of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 25, 1789. Those articles, which constitute the first 10 amendments, became known as the Bill of Rights.

In light of President Barack Obama's recent speech about the gun proposal measures he plans to push through by way of executive orders and pressuring members of the U.S. Congress to pass stricter gun control laws, the 2nd Amendment is drawing a lot of attention these days.

The 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, "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."

"During the debates on the adoption of the Constitution, its opponents repeatedly charged that the Constitution as drafted would open the way to tyranny by the central government," the Web site at http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights.html stated. "Fresh in their minds was the memory of the British violation of civil rights before and during the Revolution."

The writers of the Constitution demanded a "bill of rights" that would outline the immunities of individual citizens, the Web site stated. Several state conventions asked for such amendments during the ratification process.

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