July 30, 2020

Second Amendment

Guns in America Political Cartoon Analysis

Political cartoons are engaging and accessible, primary sources for discussing controversial issues, such as Second Amendment or gun rights in America. The following three political cartoons address the topic of guns in the United States, but from different perspectives. They do this quite literally—they are all from countries other than the United States.

Right to Bear Arms in Your State

At least 45 states have provisions in their constitutions discussing the right to bear arms. As you discuss with students the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, or the Bill of Rights broadly, it may be useful to explore how your state constitution relates to the federal framework. State constitutions can afford rights beyond those protected by the federal Constitution, but state constitutions cannot take away rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.