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The War Between the Amendments

Bill3390 Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 1:05 AM
During the Hollywood shootings several years ago, their was a hue and cry because the police were outgunned, and that led to their being issued AR-15s with large capacity magazines. Why should we, the citizenry, be denied the right of self-preservation with those same rifles?
Gilchrist Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 8:44 PM
I have been criticized below for agreeing to banning certain categories of weapons. In fact I argue for capital punishment for all those who possess a banned weapon but insist that ban must be universal, private citizen and government employee alike. I agree, any weapon necessary for a government employee is equally necessary to the private individual. Any government employee who carries a weapon barred to the individual should be executed.

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...