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The War between the Amendments
Tribune Media Services, by Victor Davis Hanson

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 1/17/2013 2:24:03 PM

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.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: sunsong, 1/17/2013 2:58:25 PM     (No. 9122571)

[[[Just as semi-automatic weapons mark a technological sea change from the flintlock muskets of the Founders’ era, computer-simulated video dismemberment is a world away from the spirited political pamphleteering of the 18th century. If we talk of restricting the Second Amendment to protect us against modern technological breakthroughs, why not curtail the First Amendment as well?]]]

[[[How about an executive order to stop Hollywood’s graphic depictions of mass killings, perhaps limiting the nature and rationing the number of shootings that can appear in any one film? Can’t we ban violent video games altogether in the same way we forbid child pornography? Isn’t it past time for an executive order to curtail some of the rights of the mentally unstable — given that the gunmen in mass killings usually have a history of psychic disorders and often use mood-altering drugs?]]]


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Reply 2 - Posted by: oh-heck, 1/17/2013 3:57:37 PM     (No. 9122660)

Once you admit that people who carry out mass shootings are ignoring the laws already in place, you have conceded that any further laws will have no impact.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: 4Justice, 1/17/2013 4:25:29 PM     (No. 9122708)

We don´t have to curtail the First Amendment to stop showing glorified graphic gore. We used to have self-imposed standards in the industry. Why can´t we go back to that way of thinking again? That isn´t to say that people can´t make their own personal gory movies...they just don´t have to be the kind that are shown by the giant mass distribution of the studio system. And they don´t have to be winning awards too. The First Amendment says that anyone can say what they want. But it doesn´t mean that anyone can have any platform to be heard from.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: brownshoepogue, 1/17/2013 4:25:49 PM     (No. 9122710)

Hey libs...using your logic of restricting the second amendment IOT reduce gun violence, since there is a whole lot of crime and violence...committed by folks in their cars, houses and other "secure" areas, why not restrict the amendment regarding unlawful search and seizure. Vacate "probable Cause" and warrants. etc. Since a lot of crime happens in people´s houses, would it not follow that the progressives and the libs would want to have the police be able to enter any house any time for any reason...because it would reduce crime and also it would be for the betterment of the children? s/o

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 1/17/2013 4:35:27 PM     (No. 9122722)

Once we have all been re-located to centralized billeting the various questions of intrusion will be overcome by the government simply ´inspecting´ government property.

Regardless of what they pass in Washington, the highly independent, well armed, rural folk will become capable of an insurgency the likes of which has not been seen.

Our democracy is being sorely tested.

This may well, yet be the beginning of a new era of liberty.

....just not the cheap and easy kind we are used to.

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