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The War Between the Amendments

Rich L. Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 1:45 PM
They have all been destroyed already. Are secure from unreasonable searches? Not if you drive a car towards a cop roadblock. Is the government restricted from taking your property except for public use? Nope, Kelo decided that one away. Are you free to assemble peaceable? No, you have to get a permit first. Rights don't need permits, that makes it deniable if they refuse the permit. We could continue down the entire list. They are all gone.

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...