The second amendment states “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”. The second amendment should not be repealed because innocent citizens could use firearms for self-protection. Gun control laws do not determine crime rate, in fact gun ownership determines crime. In November of 1980 – 2009 Connecticut, California, Hawaii, and New Jersey had a ban on assault weapons. This ban did not have a direct correlation to the numbers of murders and rapes that happened on a state level. According to the National Rifle Association guns are used for self-defense 2.5 million times a yearFirst, John R. Lott, Jr., PhD, author of More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, stated, “States with the largest increases in gun ownership also have the largest drops in violent crimes… The effect on ‘shall-issue’ concealed gun laws on these crimes where two or more people were killed has been dramatic. When states passed these laws, the number of multiple-victim shootings declined by 84 percent. Deaths from these shootings plummeted on average by 90 percent and injuries by 82 percent.”Next, gun control laws will not prevent criminals from obtaining guns or breaking laws. Of the 62 mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and 2012, 49 of the shootings involved legally acquired guns. Collectively, 143 guns were possessed by the killers with about 75% obtained legally. The arsenal included dozens of assault weapons and semi-automatic handguns with high-capacity magazines. In this same study it was shown that 50% of the guns used had high capacity magazines, the death rate rose 63% and gun related injuries rose 154%. Some gang members use high-capacity magazines, such as 30 rounds or even 90 rounds, to compensate for lack of accuracy and maximize the chance to harm.Lastly, Journalist John Stossel explained, “Criminals don’t obey the law… Without the fear of retaliation from victims who might be packing heat, criminals in possession of these illegal weapons now have a much easier job… As the saying goes, ‘If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. A May 9, 2013 48% of convicted felons surveyed admitted that they avoided committing crimes when they knew the victim was armed with a gun.The second amendment should not be repealed because less people will have a sense of protection and the rates for gun related crimes could rise. Regardless of if guns are taken away criminals and government officials would be the only people with weapons leaving innocent citizens defenseless.