If the first amendment was treated like the second

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If the first amendment was treated like the second amendment…

Any speech using 10 or more foreign words would be a felony.
(Firearm law 922(r) restricting 10 or more foreign gun parts from the 1989 import ban)

Anyone convicted of a felony or convicted of misdemeanor domestic abuse or assault is not allowed freedom of speech or religion and must rely on the government to provide speech and religion for them.
(1968 gun control act)

Any speech or religions that are done in a scary tone or feel are banned.  Any assembly that looks scary is banned.
(1994 Federal Assault Weapon Ban that went after mostly cosmetic features)

Before engaging in new free speech you must pass an instant background check by a government authorized free speech dealer.  Sorry, if your name is like someone else prohibited from speech and religion, it is up to you to prove you’re not that person.
(NICS instant background check and Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993)

Any speech or work with more than 10 sentences per page is forbidden, any peaceable assembly with more than 10 people is also banned.
(Hi-Capacity Magazine bans in the Assault Weapon Ban and in many states to this day)

‘Freedom of Speech’ was only meant to be applicable to movable type presses.  The founding fathers didn’t foresee television, radio, photographs, telephones, film, or the internet.
(The idea that the 2nd amendment only applies to muskets)

You cannot exercise free speech or religion on federal property or at a school.
(Section 930. Title 18, United States Code and the Gun Free School Zone Act of 1990)

Any religions, peaceable assemblies, camera, computer, telephone or free speech enabling device made before 1986 is available to use by the general public.  Any made after 1986 is only available to law enforcement.
(Closing of the NFA machine gun registry in 1986 by Regan with the Firearms Owner’s Protection Act)

A legal Polaroid camera from 1972 is now worth over $10,000 because you can’t get any new ones after 1986.  Sure you can get an illegal one, but you risk a 10-20 year felony conviction if caught.
(Market effects of the 1986 registry closure)

You can follow any religion, read any book, talk about whatever you like AFTER you pay a $200 tax to the government and pass a background check.  If you decide to buy more books, try another religion, or talk about something else, you must pay another $200 and go through another lengthy background check.
(National Firearm Act of 1934)

You CANNOT have free speech no matter what in Washington DC, it has been this way since 1977.
(Washington DC handgun ban)

Concealing free speech/religion is only permissible in some states and only after you have spent $100 and attended a state mandated course on how to speak/worship properly.  Though in some states you can’t conceal or display your speech or religion at all outside of your home.
(Conceal Carry Legislation and open carry laws)

You cannot have free speech if you are under 18 and you can’t worship anything until you are 21.
(Age restrictions on buying long guns and handguns)

If you wish to exchange free speech with a citizen in another state you must involve a government sanctioned free speech dealer to ensure they are allowed that type of free speech in their state.
(1968 Gun Control Act which mandates a FFL be needed for interstate gun purchases and transfers)

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Jeffy November 25, 2009 at 10:51 am

Great post!

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JT November 25, 2009 at 03:16 pm

Hmmm. Interesting post. But when I read this I can’t help but think, “apples and oranges.”

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Floyd D. Barber December 5, 2009 at 02:20 pm

Why apples and oranges? The right to keep and bear arms is just as important as the freedom of speech or religion.

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Cemetery's Gun Blob December 9, 2009 at 08:29 am

Apples and Oranges are both fruit. Just like the 1st and 2nd Amendments are part of the Bill of Rights.

So you are correct to think this way.

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Admin (Mike) December 9, 2009 at 12:37 pm

I like your way of thinking Cemetery

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Libertymafia August 3, 2013 at 03:56 pm

Rights are equal, and should be treated as such, regardless of how they make certain individuals uncomfortable.

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Adam December 5, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Brillant post! People treat the second amendment as some sort of second class principle that isn’t as valuable as the others. In reality it’s only because of the second amendment that we can have all of the other freedoms we enjoy so much.

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Admin (Mike) December 9, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Agreed. More people need to realize that.

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trinket59 December 6, 2009 at 11:43 am

Actually, I think that the “hate crimes” legislation is an example.

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Stuart the Viking December 9, 2009 at 08:02 am

trinket59: I’m with you on that one. Killing, assaulting, raping, etc are already a crime, why not just charge people with those crimes that they commit without creating a “Made up” crime.

For instance, being a white male, if I were to attack a gay person or a black person I would be charged with a “Hate Crime”. Problem is, I don’t see color, I don’t see sexual preference, people are people to me and I don’t care about those things; so in this instance, I would not be guilty of a “Hate Crime”, I would only guilty of a more mundane type of crime, but there is no way to prove that either way. I have no way of defending myself from this made up charge of hatered.

Isn’t all crime pretty much hate anyway? I mean, does anyone attack someone that they like?

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Admin (Mike) December 9, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Yea that would definitely suck to face federal prosecution for a simple “fight” because the facts were twisted to make it a “HATE CRIME”

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Dick Brewster February 20, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I couldn’t agree more about hate crimes! If free speech includes free thought, and it must, then adding to my list of crimes my dislike, or even hate of a certain class of people is an interference with my first amendment right of free speech, isn’t it?? Sure being a racist or bigot is offensive to most of us. But it’s not the expression of inoffensive thoughts, ideas and speech that brings about the need for a guarantee of free speech.

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Ryan A. August 29, 2010 at 06:09 pm

I think this is quite a brilliant comparison, considering that the second amendment (as mentioned earlier) is so overlooked. It seems like it can be subjected to further abuse by legislators since not enough people care (disregarding gun owners, since anyone not in possession of a gun is deathly afraid of them).

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Me August 6, 2013 at 01:15 pm

Telling liberals that you will apply the same rules to the first as the second is like telling a child that he won’t be allowed to stick his head in the sewer if he doesn’t finish his broccoli…they care for neither, but they are prone to fart jokes….

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kyle March 27, 2014 at 01:17 pm

JT there are no “apples and oranges” with GOD GIVEN RIGHTS!!! they are ALL Apples or Oranges, just as both were created by god through evolution.

PS you’re an IDIOT! thank you for your time! NY has big buildings…. find one…. JUMP!

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