The Second Amendment Is Not Outdated

The Second Amendment Is Not Outdated

A gun store rangemaster shows a customer a shotgun in Las Vegas, in this file photo. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images) A lawyer in Boulder, Colorado, has been buying billboard space to attack the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. One billboard reads: IMAGINE HIGHWAYS USING TRAFFIC LAWS WRITTEN IN 1791. IMAGINE RADIO, TELEVISION, AND INTERNET RUN BY 1791 REGULATIONS. IMAGINE LIMITING YOURSELF TO MEDICAL CARE AVAILABLE IN 1791 THE SECOND AMENDMENT WAS WRITTEN IN 1791 THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE NOT ENOUGH This Ad Paid For by ____ If you get angry reading this lawyer’s billboard message, please leave her alone. She has a right to freedom of speech and of the press. They are guaranteed to her by the First Amendment—also adopted in 1791. (Because she’s using a medium (a billboard) to communicate her message, her conduct is more properly an expression of freedom of the press than freedom of speech.) My first reaction to her billboard was that she was wasting her money: A key to effective billboard advertising is brevity. Drivers don’t have time to read lengthy messages. But it turned out that she didn’t waste her money because the liberal media megaphone did her work for her. It dutifully reproduced her billboard and its messages to the wider American public. Have you ever seen mainstream media repeating any of the conservative, patriotic, pro-life, or religious billboards appearing on our highways? Of course not. My second, probably sounder, reaction was that maybe she should sue for […]

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