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The War Between the Amendments

Bigdogoffthechain11 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 7:16 AM
I read the first page of this article and the reasoning is flawed. The 2 Amendments are separate and distinct; there is no conflict between them. Accordingly, both have been interpreted and ruled upon by SCOTUS, and that's the end of the discussion.
cambeul41 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 10:05 AM
Although I may agree that there no conflict between the amendments, people who say "that's the end of the discussion" seem to be claiming to know the ultimate truth as if there is no other point of view worthy of consideration.

The horrific Newtown, Conn., mass shooting has unleashed a frenzy to pass new gun-control legislation. But the war over restricting firearms is not just between liberals and conservatives; it also pits the first two amendments to the U.S. Constitution against each other.

Apparently, in the sequential thinking of James Madison and the Founding Fathers, the right to free expression and the guarantee to own arms were the two most important personal liberties. But now these two cherished rights seem to be at odds with each other and have caused bitter exchanges between interpreters of the Constitution.

Many liberals believe there is...