When does a right cease to be a right? If you have to obtain government permission to publish an article such as this, does free speech cease to be a right? If you have to justify to your local police chief why you want to attend a particular synagogue or church, what does that do to your right to practice your religion? If there were more than 20,000 laws on the books governing newspapers, television and radio, would a free press cease to be a right?I've always maintained that a right ceases to be a right when you have to ask government permission to exercise it. Seems someone out there agrees with me.
[quote:12rd29x9]Since obtaining my license and guns, I am starting to become aware of the many gun control laws that exist, as well as those they are trying to now pass. While there are many rights afforded to Americans in the Bill of Rights, it seems that the Second Amendment is the one right that isn't quite a right.
Then why is it that while all the other rights are absolute, the right to keep and bear arms subjects the citizen to a plethora of government red tape, fingerprinting, background checks and other indignities?[/quote:12rd29x9]
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