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The War Between the Amendments

Dave12019 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 12:59 PM
I read an article the other day that quoted a statistic by the Federal government that said that something on the order of 70% of firearm deaths are either due to suicides or gang-related activities. It made me wonder in whose fantasy world the outlawing of certain firearms is going to impact the number of suicides or gang-related activities. As a professional firefighter/paramedic for 25 years, I have seen all sorts of suicides, and I would say that the majority of them were due to drug overdoses, not firearms. And taking firearms away from law-abiding citizens is going to have virtually no impact on firearm-related gang warfare deaths. It is this sort of foggy, non sequitur reasoning that astounds me the most about the Leftists.

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.

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