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…in the wrong hands.

(from The San Antonio Express News, courtesy of Live from the Alamo)

We have advocated in the past for universal background checks and an assault weapon ban. Incompatible with the Second Amendment? Not if the concept of “guns in the wrong hands” has any meaning.

I had a thought upon reading this.  What if we promoted universal background checks for anyone who wished to establish religion and freely exercise it, or speak freely, or publish, or peaceably assemble or petition the  government for redress of grievances?  And ban certain kinds of rapid dissemination of published material.  Incompatible with the First Amendment?

After all, isn’t there a concept of “words in the wrong hands”?

How far do you think we’d get?  Questioning the inviolability of The First Amendment?  We’d be tarred and feathered and pilloried and spat upon and run out of town on a rail.  Then hanged, drawn and quartered and the pieces arrested!

Of course there are “common sense” controls on The First Amendment!  Laws against libel/slander, inciting riots, yelling fire in a crowded theatre.  And there already are “common sense” controls on The Second Amendment.  Laws against armed robbery, armed rape, armed mayhem, armed murder.

Mr, President, Mr. Blumberg, and Mr. King –  leave me and my rights alone!  If I do something wrong, arrest me.


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


8 thoughts on “…in the wrong hands.

  1. ” And ban certain kinds of rapid dissemination of published material.”

    I have used a similar argument in the past re the 1st Amendment and people having to pass certification training, etc. But your words suggest another. How about controlling “high capacity” blogs? 🙂



    Posted by lwk2431 | October 19, 2013, 7:43 am
  2. Didn’t they just rule on “authorized journalists” vs. regular folks like bloggers, and we don’t have the same rights? It’s already happening.

    That constitution is just an old piece of paper, and if they’re not teaching kids cursive writing – and how to read it – how are they going to read the constitution anyway?

    Posted by SiGraybeard | October 19, 2013, 9:22 am
  3. Laws against armed robbery, armed rape, armed mayhem, armed murder

    Thank God we don’t have problems with them anymore.
    If we did, they could just pass another law making it illegaller.

    Posted by KM | October 19, 2013, 9:51 am
  4. I agree with KM; everything’s all better since the Progressives have been running things, no? Why, we don’t have any problems at all!

    (wanders off, muttering to himself…)

    Posted by Rev. Paul | October 19, 2013, 2:22 pm

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