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Whether The 2nd Amendment Allows Citizens To Use Violence Against A Democratically Elected Governmen

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Started: 3/19/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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shawn_peters

Con

The debate will focus on this issue: When a government of the United States has been constitutionally elected through free and fair elections, may the people use violence against that government to overthrow it based on its actions. I will argue No (i.e., Con).

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justincase145

Pro

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another" - The Declaration of Independence

We as humans have unalienable rights, such as those outlined in the bill of rights. As it states in the above quote, sometimes you must dissolve political bonds. When this country was founded, it was founded on certain rights including, "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it" (The Declaration of Independence ) This in itself is plenty enough of an argument that the American people can take arms against the government. If any doubt remains, look to the Second Amendment. We were given the right to bear arms, so if necessary the people could "Take arms against the government" Our founding fathers made sure that we had these rights, for the specific purpose of using violence to overthrow a destructive government.

Our country was founded on the Consent of the Governed, and we were given specific methods to uphold these foundations.
Debate Round No. 1
shawn_peters

Con

People commonly refer to the Declaration of Independence and the Second Amendment to justify the use of violence against the government. However, the Declaration of Independence clearly states that it allows violence only to overthrow "despotic" regimes (i.e., the unelected King of England). This is why I carefully crafted the issue as whether the Second Amendment allows the use of violence against a democratically elected government. The Second Amendment does not allow for the use of force against the constitutionally elected government of the people. The Federal Papers Nos. 28 and 29 clearly state that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to protect against foreign invaders and despots (borrowing on the ideas of the Declaration of Independence). Hence, the founders did not craft the Second Amendment with the intent that it would be used against a democratically elected government. Instead, if one has a problem with the democratically elected government, he must wait for the next election to remove that government.
justincase145

Pro

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Debate Round No. 2
shawn_peters

Con

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justincase145

Pro

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