Vol. 2, Issue 6 (2017)
Gun ownership and individual self-preservation in United States
Author(s): Deva Ram
Abstract: This paper will deal with the individualistic view of the Second Amendment for securing the right to keep and bear arms for self-defence and the John Locke’s Theory of Self-preservation. The issue of gun rights and gun control have existed in American history since the birth of the nation. American citizens have always been privileged the right to possess firearms as a constituent of the state constitutional law. According to Locke, the right to self-defence is the first and foremost law of nature. He contended that every individual is the owner of his or her own life. Therefore, no other human being has the right to take this life. Subsequently, an individual may repel such aggressive attacks.