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The web is ablaze with discussion and opinions about people in America who keep and bear arms – guns in particular. Individuals like Neal Knox are in favor of gun rights, and organizations like the Brady Campaign are in favor or gun control. Irrespective of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in D.C. vs Heller, there will continue to be discussion and disagreement about the right to keep and bear arms in America.

The controversy is largely focused on what is meant by the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It’s fueled by three general segments of the political spectrum – those who believe in an individual right to keep and bear arms, those who promote gun control, and those who believe that a right to keep and bear arms is only associated with being part of a militia.

Central to the controversy is the understanding of whether the U.S. Constitution grants a right, or simply guarantees as one of our civil rights our natural right of self defense. Also central to the controversy is tens of thousands of firearms related deaths each year in the United States.

Indeed a lack of freedom in America is troubling, and there are some that question the ethics of gun control. Abuse of freedom that results in thousands of deaths each year is equally troubling.

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