What America would look like if it didn't change their Amendments

As America attempts to recover from two deadly mass shootings in the space of 48 hours, there are calls to change the Second Amendment – which allows for the owning of weapons.

Like many other US amendments, this one too can be changed – if there is the political will. Crucially, it is for this exact reason that they're called 'amendements.'

It's literally the definition:


A minor change or addition designed to improve a text, piece of legislation, etc.

The second amendment gives US citizens the right to bear arms, stating: “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 right underpins the basis of pro-gun rhetoric, and following the recent attacks the seemingly endless debate of the humble American's right to bear arms has been reignited once again.

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg pointed to “weak gun safety” measures and white nationalism as the reasons for the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, where almost 30 people were killed and 50 injured.

America has a rich history in amending existing laws to improve the lives of its citizens. Here are some of the ways America would be worse off had it not amended pre-existing laws:

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