1st & 2nd Amendments

Posted on January 29, 2013

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There seems to be a lot of confusion about what the Founding Fathers intended in the 2nd Amendment. Somehow it seems to be up to interpretation, of whoever has the power. But when it comes to the 1st amendment, there is no confusion at all. Makes you wonder how They strayed so far from what was intended in the very next Amendment.

If the same logic is to be applied as to intent, does anyone believe that Washington or Jefferson would have sat ideally by as someone , expressing their right to free speech, burned the flag of the United states? I mean after all, these were the people who risked everything to form a new nation. There are many examples of our right to freedom of speech that run against the grain of most Americans. Positions supported by only a few, that are protected under the Constitution. And they get to have their say. Not that we have to listen, but because to take away anyones right to speech is to open the door to remove all of us from having the same rights. And yet all Americans will defend that right to free speech. Even though we do not agree with what is being said, we will defend anyones right to say it. And that is exactly what they had in mind when they put the right of free speech in the Constitution. Think long and hard about this. Would any American tolerate any law that would stop you from expressing your thoughts? Suppose a law was passed that said from this day forward, no citizen can speak poorly of the President. What do you think would be the very next law passed? One can surely see that with just one simple law, we would be racing down the slippery slope to losing our right to free speech.

The 2nd Amendment is no different. One small step in a direction to remove any part of your right to own a gun would start us all on a path to disarming the entire population. These rights we put into place for very good reasons. If you take the time to read what some of the men who formed this great Nation, you would see that the danger in changing any one of these rights is a road to disaster. Again, you may not agree and you may not believe, but you have to understand that one change can and will, lead to another change. The Founders were very clear on these points.

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”– Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.

When the talk is to change, what is, by all accounts our guaranteed freedoms, one should always wonder what freedom will be taken next. What is the precedent  you are setting to give away something you don’t want? Look to the long term. Maybe not this President maybe not the next, someday you will lose what you value the most because you were to short sided to protect what you thought you didn’t need.

That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United states who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms…– Samuel Adams, in “Phila. Independent Gazetteer”, August 20, 1789

The Founding Fathers knew all to well what can happen and what will happen. They lived it. Unless you plan on giving up your right to free speech, your right to pick who you want to support and vote for, be very careful what you are will to give away. All of the rights given to all Americans are all tied together. When one falls they all fall.

Restrictive gun laws will not put an end to criminal behavior. Restrictive gun laws will only punish law abiding citizens from getting a gun. And in the long term make it easier to restrict every other right we were given. History is very clear on that.

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