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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.