Why are some constitutional amendments more important than others?
Why are limitations to our First Amendment rights of free speech OK, but limitations to our Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms not OK?
We are not allowed to yell fire in a crowded theater.
We are not allowed to slander others.
We are not allowed to commit perjury.
And try saying you have a bomb in your suitcase at the airport and see what happens.
Yes, all these limitations to our right under the First Amendment to free speech are understandable, as they are in place for the safety and civility of others and to ensure domestic tranquility. But any time an American speaks up to limit any right to keep and bear arms, other Americans get all up in arms. Why is the Second Amendment sacrosanct?
The Second Amendment was not written by God. It was written by white men, a third of whom owned slaves at the time. However, God’s sixth commandment says, “Thou shall not murder.” So, as God-fearing Americans, shouldn’t we do everything in our power to keep the murder rate down? Shouldn’t we do all we can to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and the mentally ill? And if an assault weapons ban saves one person’s life, are we not doing God’s work?
And while we are so focused on our Second Amendment rights, many of us haven’t noticed that the rights given to us under the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments are being eroded. Starting with the Patriot Act, and more recently with the National Defense Authorization Act, we’re losing our guaranteed rights to privacy and due process.
I really believe if the Founding Fathers knew what kind of arms were available today, they would have given a little more thought to the 27 words that are the Second Amendment.