Sunday, February 14, 2016

Baxter Black - Let's talk 2nd Amendment rights

As radical Islamic terrorists continue their penetration of the Unites States and mentally deranged psychos attack unsuspecting pedestrians, our country seeks solutions. Conservative constitutional fundamentalists stand by the law and support arming everyone! Whereas progressive liberals insist on disarming everyday citizens and depend on government to protect everyone! Yet compromise is hard to find.

Speaking for myself, I know many reasonable supporters of the 2nd Amendment and the NRA who would be amenable to some restrictions on sales of some automatic weapons or ground to air missile, for instance. So why can’t we compromise with the Anti-2nd Amendment’s political promises? Simple… we do not trust our own government. We know there are those who would disarm us all. 

The wisdom of our forefathers was prescient. They knew that men in power would immediately begin to take freedom away from the citizens they serve. The most precious of which is freedom of speech. We have reached a point in our history where plutocrats are trying to outlaw anything offensive they determine might hurt someone’s feelings. Like termites, these opponents of free speech gnaw away at our most powerful right…the right to speak our mind. An American citizen should not have to look over her shoulder before she expresses her opinion, be it religion, profanity, racist, unkind, profound, offensive, untrue or beautiful. In a country founded on a Christian moral foundation, we encourage “Love thy neighbor as thyself” as a guide. But, by law, we permit the foulest of behaviors to be allowed. The government does not have the right to deny the First Amendment to any lawful citizen. Nor do states or cities. No court, mayor, governor or college president has the right to restrict legal citizens from voicing their opinion. But they do.

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