Democracy in the USA

conncticut 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
This is  Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and is the part of the United States BIll of Rights  that protects the right of people to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights. Well, it was 1791, but after more than two centuries, exactly  in 2008  the Supreme Court issued two Second Amendment decisions which confirmed  the legitimacy of keeping weapons purposes, such as –” the Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful defense within the home“. For the Americans this right is equivalent to the freedom of opinion or of vote. Just the same. Till you wake up one day and you watch on tv that a young guy of 20 massacred 20 young children and his mother who worked in that school. This is not the first time. We’ve read again that this is America’s worst school shooting- as if school shooting were a habit! Bah! The boy was allowed into the building because the head teacher recognised him and buzzed him through security. Adam Lanza, armed with two semi-automatic handguns which were legally registered to his mother(!!!!!), shot dead children in two classrooms and also killed six adults, including head teacher Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach…… may read the rest in every newspaper. But I would  like to ask you, how can it be that the freedom of keeping weapons might be a basic principle of democracy? You’ve seen Obama in tears, but I’m sure nothing will change, because as I told you before, it hasn’t been the first time. In a few days everything will calm down. Few years ago also a student of our school in an exchange program in the United States was wounded in a shooting while she was in a disco. It took her months and months of medical treatments to be back to normal life. It was four years ago. Who will be the next?

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