WHERE DID IT ALL START?
To answer that question, we need to go back 226 years, to 1791. That’s when the US government agreed ten amendments (changes) to the US Constitution. The Constitution sets out how the government and laws work, and the ten amendments became known as the Bill of Rights.
The Second Amendment is the one that mentions guns, and it has become one of the most debated sentences in the world. This is what 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.”
(A militia is a collection of armed people who aren’t professional soldiers, and ‘infringed’ means to break or interfere with.)
People were given the right to have guns so that they could protect their families and property from criminals, or a government that tried to interfere with their rights.
Interestingly, the idea was partly inspired by England’s Bill of Rights, which was passed in Parliament in 1689.