September 28, 2012
SECOND AMENDMENT IGNORANCE: Theresa Brown, a nurse, writes in this online op-ed at the New York Times about the “Human Cost of the Second Amendment.” Among her pearls of wisdom:
Gun advocates say that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. The truth, though, is that people with guns kill people, often very efficiently, as we saw so clearly and so often this summer. And while there can be no argument that the right to bear arms is written into the Constitution, we cannot keep pretending that this right is somehow without limit, even as we place reasonable limits on arguably more valuable rights like the freedom of speech and due process.
No one argues that it should be legal to shout “fire” in a crowded theater; we accept this limit on our right to speak freely because of its obvious real-world consequences. Likewise, we need to stop talking about gun rights in America as if they have no wrenching real-world effects when every day 80 Americans, their friends, families and loved ones, learn they obviously and tragically do.
Duh. My question is: What liberal Kool-Aid is this lady drinking? The Supreme Court, in both Heller v. D.C. (2008) and McDonald v. City of Chicago (2010), made it abundantly clear that recognizing that the “right of the people to keep and bear arms” under the Second Amendment was, like all other constitutional rights, not absolute. Indeed, the majority in those decisions went so far as to assure Americans, in dicta, that laws restricting guns in “sensitive places” or possession by the mentally ill and felons would be perfectly constitutional.
Would someone please educate the citizenry about the Constitution???? SOON!!!