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The Complex Truth About the Second Amendment

Selek Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 3:56 AM
Chapman- in his role as a RINO and faux conservative (why does Townhall devote so much space to Fifth Columnists?) forgets a number of things about Constitutional rights. First and foremost, ANY restrictions and infringements MUST pass a number of specific tests- not the least of which are that the proposed restriction serve a quantifiable public good, AND that the restriction be the LEAST intrusice method of serving that good. The gun control measurements Chapman is proposing fail on all counts.
Selek Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 4:00 AM
While we can all agree that fewer Sandy Hook-type massacres is a laudable public good, NONE of the laws Chapman is shilling would serve that purpose.

Contrary to his myth-making, it is not only the Second Amendment that these laws would infringe upon, but also the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments.

The gun registration, background check, and confiscation proposals violate our rights to privacy, to be secure in our homes and our property, and our protection against unwarranted searches and seizures.

By definition, these laws turn private property owners into criminals- and provides no "just recompense" for the property seized by the State.
Selek Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 4:03 AM
Nor do these laws exist in a vacuum.

The government has ALREADY demonstrated a reckless disregard for our liberties and for the Constitutional and legal limits on their authority.

Depriving us of our Second Amendment rights is not the first step down a slippery-slope- it is merely one more link in a chain the government has made no pretense about forging and one more in a series of over-reaches and assaults upon the Constitution.

Chapman might well consider that before presuming to lecture us about the limits of our Constitutional rights and our suspicion of the State.

The debate on gun control lately has been going like this: Liberals propose various restrictions on allowable firearms, acceptable owners and approved ammunition. Conservatives exclaim, "Second Amendment!" And the debate, at least in the mind of the latter group, is over.

The Second Amendment, they believe, is not just one important provision of our basic government document. It's the first and last word on the subject of firearms.

Viewing the proposals offered since the Sandy Hook massacre, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., concludes the supporters intend "to completely GUT our Second Amendment rights." The Utah Sheriffs' Association warned President Barack...