Recent shootings in the US, including one that killed as many as 49 people in a nightclub in Orlando, have reignited debates about gun control laws. In a new, thought-provoking video, Vox tackles the important question of whether the Second Amendment has become outdated, by showing us how long it takes to shoot and reload modern guns.
Adopted back in 1791, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is intended to protect the individual’s right to keep and bear firearms. It reads as follows:
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.
According to a UN report, the problem of firearms-related violence in the United States is nearly six times that in Canada and over seven times as in Sweden. By comparison, Germany has a gun homicide rate that is 16 times less than that in America. This comes as no surprise, since the US has the highest number of civilian-owned guns anywhere in the world. So far, all attempts to revise the Second Amendment have been abandoned before being implemented.
In view of the recent shootings, Vox has come up with an innovative new video that clearly shows how the highly-contested bill wasn’t actually written for modern-day weaponry. It provides detailed information about the reload times of four different guns, including both semi-automatic and non-automatic varieties. The conclusion? When compared to a 19th century musket rifle, these advanced weapons can be fired and reloaded at remarkable speed.
Do you think the Second Amendment needs to be repealed or at least revised to ensure civilian safety?