Constitution does NOT give you the right to UNREGULATED gun ownership, and our
lawmakers DO have the power, and the right, to ban assault style weapons,
semi-auto handguns, extended capacity magazines, and other firearm
paraphernalia from being sold to civilians. They also have the authority to
regulate the circumstances under which firearms are sold and where civilians
may possess them.
of the “rights” in the Bill of Rights are absolute. With rare exception, the
government cannot take away a right, but it CAN control where, when, and how
your rights can be exercised.
have freedom of speech, but one cannot yell “fire” in a crowded theater, incite
to riot, slander another, falsely advertise, or reveal classified information.
have the right of free assembly, but we cannot block traffic. Government can
set curfews, require fees for parade permits, and create limited protest zones
at political conventions and other venues.
is freedom of the press, but the police can keep reporters out of crime scenes
and withhold information from the media about a crime. The White House can
choose which reporters have the right credentials to cover the President. Nor
can the press publish child pornography.
is freedom of religion, but human sacrifice, illegal drug use during religious
rites, organized prayer in public schools, and religious displays on public
property are not allowed.
have rights against unreasonable search and seizure, but courts can issue
warrants, and the police can easily find cause to frisk you for a weapon or
other illegal paraphernalia at any time.
don’t forget that the 2nd amendment is the ONLY amendment that contains the
words “well regulated” in it.
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I am a retired Letter Carrier with the USPS. Also retired Over-the-Road truck driver and college English major.
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