Anti-gun people in this country aren’t likely to go away anytime soon. This is to be expected, especially right now when it seems they figure they have all the momentum and we’re mostly sitting here playing defense.
Something else that’s not likely to go away anytime soon is the idiotic arguments they tend to make to justify their anti-gun push.
A prime example comes from the billboards popping up in Boulder, Colorado. The billboard reads:
Imagine highways using traffic laws written in 1791.
Imagine radio, television, and the internet governed by regulations written in 1791.
Imagine limiting yourself to medical care available in 1791.
The Second Amendment was written in 1791.
Thoughts and prayers are not enough.
Well, that’s it. That’s the dumbest crap I’m likely to read today, and considering what I do for a living, that’s saying something.
See, the problem here is that they’re not really grasping the difference between these examples and the Second Amendment. Driving, for example, is classified as a privilege, not a right. Radio and television are regulated in part to prevent two different stations from trying to use the same frequency for their broadcasts. There’s no law limiting medical care, either in 1791 or today.
In every case, they’re comparing a protected right to something that has absolutely nothing to do with rights.
So let’s compare apples to apples, for a moment.
The First Amendment was written in 1791 as well. Despite that, people can still use the radio, television, and internet to criticize the government, advance their religious faith, or even talk absolute nonsense by claiming the government is really run by lizard people. The First Amendment holds up quite nicely.
Further, the Fourth Amendment, also written in 1791, protects you from the government snooping into your emails or hacking into your computer to peruse your hard drive’s contents.
See, rights continue to apply even after the days of the Founding Fathers. The Bill of Rights was constructed to apply in all times to the undreamed of technology we now experience.
That includes our right to keep and bear arms. Guns were how our Founding Fathers won their freedom. They rightly understood it was how we would keep our freedom as well.
Honestly, this kind of argument is beyond ridiculous. They sure wouldn’t like it if we played that same game with their free speech or their freedom to worship. They wouldn’t like it if we used that argument to justify the government simply marching into their home to search for incriminating evidence whenever they want.
Yet those same amendments were written at the same time as the Second Amendment. If that’s a valid argument against the Second Amendment, then it’s a valid argument against all of them.
Luckily for everyone, it’s not a valid argument. It’s stupid.
Our rights don’t contain an expiration date. Their ours by virtue of being living, breathing people. They don’t go away because too many years have passed since they were first enshrined.
And really, they should be thankful that’s the case. After all, the way they blasted President Trump, he could have tried using this same argument to lock up the lot of them despite the First Amendment. He couldn’t, though, because some things are eternal, regardless of whether they were written in 1791 or not.
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