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The Second Amendment and Barack Obama

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

As the country continues to react to President Obama's push for stricter gun control laws, his administrations 23 executive actions will also bring sweeping changes. Even some gun enthusiasts agree with some of those orders.

The measures call for hiring more school resource officers and increasing law enforcement training in active shooter situations. They call for tighter regulations regarding mental health and stricter background checks which would affect all licensed gun dealers.

After the President called for a ban on assault weapons, many folks are questioning whether that goes against our second amendment right to bear arms. There are different interpretations of what exactly that means.

To get a lesson on the second amendment, we went back to history class to see what teachers and students had to say. Travis Campbell, an 11th Grade History Teacher at Deerfield Windsor Jill Addison, a Lee County 9th Civic Teacher.

 The second amendment of the constitution is a hot button topic. What appears to be a simple and straight forward sentence is causing a major debate.

"It says 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. "If you say you get to bear arms of any kind, what does that mean and you do you agree?

Many folks say President Obama's gun control plan violates our second amendment. "I think the first question we have to ask to the class--is what is a militia?"

Teachers took that topic to the classroom today, "The right to bear arms, so should you have a tank in your back yard?"

"The right to bear arms... what does it say before that? A well regulated militia."

Travis Campbell went over the meaning behind the word militia with his students. "That further supports the fact that the militia means the voluntary army."

And questioned whether that word changes with time. "Others say the average person has the right to bear arms is to protect yourself just in case the army went rouge and infringed on the rights of the average person."

 In Lee County, Jill Addison, a Lee County 9th Civic Teacher compared the similarities of the revolutionary war to present day.

"They had their rights, and then the king came in and said 'I need you to pay for this, so I'm going to tax you for all this stuff you weren't taxed for before,' and that's what Americans right now kind of feels like."

 And noted that history sometimes repeats itself. "These are the things, when we start talking about the declaration of independence, these are the things that are all building up and then you look at today, its going to be very similar."

So the question remains, is there any clear cut interpretation of the second amendment, "I think if I walked down the streets of Albany, and asked what a militia is, I would have a problem getting an answer, the same goes if I walked down the halls of congress."

 "If you look at it, background is going to play a role, your family, education, background and emotions."

And there may never be a clear cut answer. Unlike the 23 executive orders President signed, Congress will have to act before assault rifles can be banned.

See the list of those HERE.

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