THV Extra: Arkansans respond to gun control debate | News
"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."
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In the wake of the pain and tragedy from Newtown, Conn., America looks for answers as to why and how school children could be taken so brutally from this earth.
Grasping for answers and recourse, politicians rekindled the gun control debate, calling for the nation's support. Despite the recent tragedy in Sandy Hook, this is not a new debate with opinions far and wide.
"Any civilian can own a military fire arm so that they can have the means to resist a totalitarian government," said Thomas Kennedy from North Little Rock. Kennedy believes any kind of government gun control impedes the second amendment.
"Who would need that [military style gun]? It's unsafe for your home because it's not going to, you really don't need anything like that and many times when criminals get those types of guns they commit different crimes that we've seen in the past," countered Walter Crockran of North Little Rock and Stop the Violence.
To get to the heart of the issue, you would need to go back to the beginning of our nation's existence.
"What set off the revolution was the confiscation of weapons and the prevention of importation of weapons into the colonies," explained Shawn Fisher, history professor at Harding University.
Fisher said no matter what side of the fence you're on, the right to bear arms remains in the fabric of the constitution. He said our forefathers created it to keep people free from tyrannical government.
"The principle way to limit that power between the government and the people was to allow the people to be armed and to rise up in resistance if they were abused," said Fisher.
While national riots and militia uprising seem far-fetched, Professor Fisher said the 2nd amendment, in some ways, protects our other rights.
"The whole point of the bill of rights is to protect against those things we can't foresee. We can't foresee the future. We don't know what future generations may hold, and we should jealously guard our liberties just for that particular instance it might come along," said Fisher.