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The War Between the Amendments

eddie again Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 4:08 PM
just quit congregating children in confined spaces at publicized pre-determined times. that would at least protect the childern. adults can purchase and learn to use guns. that will protect the adults. the easiest guns to eliminate in our society are those possessed by employees of the government. if we are going to start eliminating gun possession, start with the low hanging fruit. that would be the guns in the possession of governments. after we have done that, we can take a break and see how that has worked on reducing gun violence.

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...