The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is observed, celebrated, and memorialised on April 17 as 2A Day. This national holiday celebrates the foresight of the founding fathers in enshrining the rights of the American people in the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution safeguards the freedom of American citizens to own and carry firearms. The Second Amendment and the other nine provisions of the Bill of Rights were adopted on December 15, 1791. In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Supreme Court ruled that non-military individuals had the right to keep firearms in their residences for self-defense.
The background of 2A Day
The origins of the Second Amendment date back to Roman and Florentine times, but it wasn’t until the 16th century that English roots began to manifest. This was the consequence of Queen Elizabeth I establishing a national militia consisting of individuals from all social classes who were required by law to defend the realm. Queen Elizabeth’s attempt to establish a national militia was a disastrous failure, but the philosophy of the militia served as a potent political instrument until the middle of the 18th century.
Both the English Civil Wars and the Glorious Revolution were profoundly influenced by the political debate over the formation and administration of the militia. Despite the outcome of the Heller and MacDonald case before the United States Supreme Court, a number of constitutional historians contested and rejected the court’s conclusion that the Second Amendment protected the right to “keep and bear arms” for self-defense. Before the Supreme Court’s ruling in the current case, judges and academicians had debated for nearly two centuries whether the Second Amendment truly protected the right to self-defense.
However, the definition of “self-defense” was devised in the late 20th century, and by that time, a substantial minority of judges had adopted it. The majority of Americans, especially those opposed to gun control, did not hold the self-defense perspective in high regard.
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