The fifth-graders at Ed Baldwin Elementary weren’t sure why everyone should have the right to carry around firearms.
They’re just glad no one does it around them.
“I mean, that’s scary,” said Erin Raven as her classmates nodded in agreement. “Someone might pull a gun out for the wrong reason.”
“Or just fall down and have it go off or something,” added Ebony Whitted. “Anything could happen.”
The Second Amendment, which outlines the basic rights of Americans and firearms, has its basis in the need of communities to protect themselves. But, noted Ryan Taylor, “America is a different place now.”
And how many of them would like to be toting around a gun?
“Not me!” said Cameron Puckett. “I don’t know why this is in here in the first place.”
Second Amendment: "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."
Why do you think they put this amendment in there?
Megan Conroy: “Back then, that’s the way things were all around. People needed to carry guns. There were wild animals around, and you might need to protect yourself.”
Erin Raven: “They wanted to make it fair for everyone. This way people could protect themselves.”
Megan Conroy: It’s a backup for a time when the Army couldn’t help defend you.”
So, America was a rougher place back then?
Erin Raven: “It was, and you never knew what might happen.”
Megan Conroy: “Think about the Wild West. Everybody carried around guns. And people ran around robbing things all the time. They had to carry a gun, and the Second Amendment says they could.”
If that’s the case, why doesn’t everyone carry one now?
Caitlyn Galbraith: “People are more civil now. Things are tamer.”
Erin Raven: “We’re a different people now. We may disagree, but we get along more.”
Is it a good law to have now?
Megan Conroy: “Yes, because someday we might need to have it — like if the Army couldn’t help. It’s for security.”
What’s something about the Bill of Rights that you don’t like?
Erin Raven: “Parts of it are long and non-understandable. If we wrote something like they did, our teachers would make us rewrite it.”
Ryan Taylor: “Yeah, it really needs more periods and commas. The words are fine, but sometimes they’re lumped together.”