The Gap Between Freedom And Excess
I can accept the tradition of gun ownership for hunting, or the masculine sense of security having a gun can provide for certain individuals. So I’m willing to accept the interpretation that a “well-regulated militia” translates into an individual right to bear arms.
But surely there are limits to one’s stupidity on the 2nd amendment, much as there is on the 1st amendment.
Sure, you can freely express yourself, but you can’t yell fire in a crowded theater, start a panic, and endanger public safety as a result.
Sure, you can bitterly oppose a President’s policies even when you are flat-wrong on what policies you’re actually opposing. And sure, you do have the right to own a gun. But surely we can agree that if you are going to be protesting the President that bringing a loaded gun into a large crowd of people just “because you still have freedoms” to do so is just asinine and ultimately a threat to national security?
A women who aimed a gun with no bullets at President Ford spent 34 years in prison. But the guys screaming at the President about fictional death panels and waving their AR-15s around aren’t even being investigated?
What is the country coming to?