The Right to Bear Arms: Examining the Consequences of the Second Amendment in Terms of Law & Economics
Li, Howard Shaobo
Submission to the Friends of Fondren Library Undergraduate Research Awards, 2010
The right to bear arms is an issue that is often disputed. In fact, there is more disagreement about this right than any other ones in the Constitution.1 Advocates believe the Second Amendment provides the citizens of the United States with an unchallengeable privilege to own firearms. Meanwhile, those who oppose the right believe the Second Amendment is outdated and stricter gun control should be imposed. Even court cases cannot seem to agree on the matter with verdicts constantly contradicting each other. With so many different arguments about the consequences of the Second Amendment, it is no surprise it is such a hot topic. This paper will address the right to bear arms and provide reasons why it is in society’s best interest to support the Second Amendment. Specifically, this paper will provide an economic analysis of the costs and benefits of gun control and legal issues surrounding the debate. In addition, this paper will examine the opinions from persons opposed to the Second Amendment and provide counterarguments to these claims. Finally, this paper will look at previous court cases to further support the argument that the right to bear arms should be protected.