The right to bear arms and let off steam: the influence of the Second Amendment on music
Under 101.9 FM WDET‘s Book Club, we invite the Detroit area to review and discuss the text that impacts every resident of the United States: The Constitution. Whether you are reviewing the documents or reading them for the first time, join us to read and engage in civil conversations with your community.
The real tangible elements are largely missing from the Bill of Rights.
While the word, the press, the assembly and religion are crucial concepts, they are only concepts; you can’t go to the speech store and buy a speech. The right to throw soldiers out of your home or protection from search and seizure are important, but still concepts.
Perhaps the most tangible right in the Bill of Rights is the Second Amendment:
“A well-regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to own and bear arms, must not be infringed.
Curious that 27 words have sparked so much conflict, but no matter which side of the debate you are on, you cannot deny the impact of the right to bear arms on our culture.
There are tons of guns in popular music. In fact, after love, sex, and cars, guns are appearing in American songs with alarming frequency. But it’s something that dominates our culture, so it’s no surprise that it dominates musical culture as well.