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The War Between the Amendments

Timothy32 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 3:17 PM
"Liberals counter that just as free speech is curtailed (you cannot yell "Fire!" in a crowded auditorium), the constitutional right to bear arms is no more infringed upon by the banning of semi-automatic, large magazine firearms than it is by current prohibitions against heavy machine guns." Well you cannot fire a semi automatic rifle in a crowded theater either. But you still can own one and fire it in the wood or on a firing range. you can yell fire on on a gun range. So its a strawman argument
poorgrandchildren.com2 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 4:23 PM
If a few crazies should start shouting fire in a crowded auditorium, we'll just have to cut out everyone's tongue--for the children.

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...