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The War Between the Amendments

Nos Nevets Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 7:20 AM
If speech were more restricted and controlled, life may be saved because people couldn’t lead others astray. If searches and seizures didn’t need warrants, we would be safer. If we could force people to confess, we could get more criminals off the street. If we controlled access to guns generally, fewer people would be hurt by guns. We willingly trade Safety for more Freedom with the other enumerated rights, but the 2nd amendment?: remove all rationality.

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...