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The War Between the Amendments

FocusPlease Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 12:14 PM
Heard the term, "knee jerk legislation' yesterday. I like this term. There is not a person alive that wouldn't be heart broke over the tragedies that we have seen recently. but setting aside facts and freedoms in order to make us feel better (temporarily) is bad legislation. Knee jerk reactions are exploitable and boy are we seeing that! Lets' not be manipulated by our kind and understanding hearts into solutions that actually make matter's worse!
poorgrandchildren.com2 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 8:28 PM
Let's have some "knee jerk legislation" allowing potential victims to defend themselves.

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...