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Daily Kos: Why liberals should love the Second Amendment
Sunday 11 Jul 2010, 03:15
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Daily Kos:Why liberals should love the Second Amendment

… And while liberals certainly do not argue for lawlessness, and will acknowledge the necessity of certain restrictions, it is generally understood that liberals fight to broadly interpret and expand our rights and to question the necessity and wisdom of any restrictions of them.

Liberals can quote legal precedent, news reports, and exhaustive studies. They can talk about the intentions of the Founders. They can argue at length against the tyranny of the government. And they will, almost without exception, conclude the necessity of respecting, and not restricting, civil liberties.

Except for one: the right to keep and bear arms.

When it comes to discussing the Second Amendment, liberals check rational thought at the door. They dismiss approximately 40% of American households that own one or more guns, and those who fight to protect the Second Amendment, as “gun nuts.” They argue for greater restrictions. And they pursue these policies at the risk of alienating voters who might otherwise vote for Democrats.

And they do so in a way that is wholly inconsistent with their approach to all of our other civil liberties.



I’m a liberal, and I support gun rights.

Comment by jackdurham

What Jack says!

Comment by Kym Kemp

what Jack said and Kim agreed with.

Comment by mresquan

The 2nd amendment doesn’t say that every cretin in the land can carry any sort of firearm anywhere he wants, but that seems to be how gun nuts and “2nd amendment supporters” have interpreted it.

Comment by Joel Mielke

Ok, what restrictions does the 2nd impose? If the 2nd has restrictions, doesn’t the 1st also have restrictions?

The author isn’t against reasonable restrictions on guns, nor am I. The author does provide a well reasoned response to some people’s support of everything but the 2nd.

Comment by capdiamont

The 2nd amendment obviously imposes no restrictions, but it does allow for state restrictions.

Comment by Joel Mielke

Love this comment on the Herald:

Capdiamont’s outfit in his aviator reminds me of the martial arts instructor in Napoleon Dynamite

“Take a look at what I’m wearing, people. You think anybody wants a roundhouse kick to the face while I’m wearing these bad boys? “

Comment by Anonymous

Ha! Brilliant Napoleon Dynamite reference! Spot on for Lawrence!

“You think I got where I am today because I dressed like Peter Pan over here?”

Comment by Sam

Actually it was taken coming out of the Muppets 3D movie at California Adventure with their 3D glasses on. My friends liked the photo, so I decided to use it. Glad it brings a laugh

Comment by capdiamont

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