The gun debate in the US

The gun debate in the US has become more visible as a result of the increasing number of school shootings and mass shootings. The debate is between gun control advocates and gun rights advocates.

These two sides often disagree on how laws and court cases related to guns should be interpreted. They also have different takes on the effects of firearms rules on crime and public safety.

The debate is made possible by the vague language used in the Second Amendment of the US Constitution, which states that: “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 makes it unclear whether the Constitution claims the right of all people to bear arms or only of a militia.

Textual perspective - "Self Defense" by Samuel Wilkins
 

"Self Defense" by Samuel Wilkes presents the story of two escaped prisoners who illegally own guns and break into an elderly man's house to try to rob him. The elderly man shoots one of them in an act of self defense. The story also draws readers’ attention to how difficult it is to make a positive change in one’s life, especially when trying to leave a troubled past behind.