The first amendment recognizes some of our fundamental rights and tells governments not to infringe upon them. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Sounds good to me. Our culture says those rights are important. Our culture also says that some rights are more equal than others. What if we treated the other rights in the constitution the same way we treat the right of self-defense protected by the second amendment?
— You would need a permit before you could speak in public, and that permit is only good in the state where you live. This is what would happen if we abused the right of free-speech the way we abuse the right of self-defense.
— You would have to take a speech test in each state to earn your speaking permit there. In some states, you’d need to pay a fee and receive a speaking permit even to talk inside your own home. Don’t be shocked. The government says it is only regulating your right to speak, not infringing on it.. yet this is exactly the way we infringe on the right of self-defense. Some states don’t recognize the right of non-residents to speak at all.
— Once you have your permit to speak, there are further restrictions on the number of words you can speak at one time. We also can’t let you speak too fast or too loudly. Politicians say this is necessary to protect the public from dangerous speech.
— These speech restrictions only apply only to citizens. People who speak for the government can use all the words they want.
— Suppose you wanted to gather together with your friends. You want to pray, to sing and to play music. The microphone, amplifiers, cables and speakers would be regulated by the state. The speakers can’t be too big, or too small. The amplifier can’t be too powerful. The cables can’t be too long. Only the government needs to speak that loudly… just as we infringe on the right to self-defense today.
— You finally received your permit to own a small public address system. The state needs to know which church you will attend if you bring your speakers. Detours between your home and church are not allowed while you are carrying the speakers. Violating these regulations makes you a felon. That is how we treat gun owners…and politicians say it is for public safety.
— The speakers and cable would have to be locked away from you while you drive. You wouldn’t get to vote ever again if you stopped for gas while carrying the PA system to church. Ignorance of the 23 thousand speech regulations is simply no excuse for even a non-violent violation!
— Mere citizens can’t speak within a thousand feet of a school.
— You will be silenced for life if you are under a restraining order, and silenced for life if you’re convicted of domestic violence.
Yes, that is how we treat gun owners in the United States. The shocking thing is… these absurd restrictions are all within the law.
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.