More than just the second amendment

I am going to take a step aside for the most part about gun laws and gun rights and talk about another right that will pop up soon enough and that is the first amendment. The reason I bring up this amendment is because to nobody’s surprise, the Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest the memorial service for the dead in Connecticut’s shooting in their attempts to piss people off and milk a lawsuit from them. Now the WBC can get away with this because they use free speech, free religion and free assembly to legally do this, all from the 1st amendment. The question is should there be limits on the first amendments the same way we are proposing limits on the 2nd amendment? And we could go further. In response to the planned protests, Anonymous leaked private information about the church members. Is that covered by free speech? If that attack hypocritical? Just a thought to ponder.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on December 18, 2012 - 11:33 pm

    I’ve believed for a long time that Fred Phelps WANTS restrictions on the first amendment. We shouldn’t play into his hands. He’s a first class freak among others, including Rush Limbaugh and his clones.

    You just can’t take these people seriously for obvious reasons.

  2. #2 by Mike Murphy on December 19, 2012 - 12:56 am

    I believe in protecting the First Amendment in this case however offensive and distasteful the WBC crowd may be. People take offense to the open-carry of firearms and that’s their choice to take offense and their problem (too much Hollywood). When I attend General Conference or a temple dedication and see anti-Mormon protestors desecrating temple attire and garments I choose not to take offense but rather I’m ashamed for those individuals who choose to waste their time with such charades. I remind myself that I and thousands of others have put their lives on the line for those rights however offensive they may be.

    Also looming in the sideline for some time is another attack on our First and Second Amendment rights: the Cybersecurity Bill. Shot down twice in the House and Senate, Obama threatens to unconstitutionally push this legislation in the form of an executive order. We have no idea what grades he earned in his constitutional studies at those liberal Ivy League schools but they certainly taught him how too effectively strip away our liberties. Bush has been accused of “tearing up” the Constitution, Obama is burning it.

  3. #3 by Nathan Erkkila on December 19, 2012 - 1:40 pm


    Do you honestly think that open carry is a good thing? Even a CCW is better than something like that. For one, open carry makes you look like a jackass who wants to intimidate people, secondly it makes you target number one if someone wants to rob or shoot up a place.

    Anyway from that aside, I do agree that the WBC should have every right to protest these events no matter how hurtful it may be. It is certainly worth keeping free speech and especially the right to protest the military and its actions even if Phelps does it in the most ass way possible.

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