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“(I) don’t get mad at ’em, don’t hate on ’em. Man, it’s not that serious. The First Amendment is first for a reason. Second Amendment is just in case the First one doesn’t work out.” — Dave Chappelle
I don’t think I have heard a more pithy description the first two amendments to the Constitution than this. Freedom of speech, religion, and association needs a backstop, which the right of self-defense with arms covers. Witness the brave people of Hong Kong, facing a police state with umbrellas. It is harder to enslave a nation willing to defend itself.
It reminds me of another quote on the interplay of the Bill of Rights:
“A man’s rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.” – Frederick Douglass
Use the former, so that you don’t have to use the latter.Published in