Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, Jan 29 2013 12:35 PM

First Amendment can be tool for trouble, as well

By The Bakersfield Californian

Rick Llewellyn's article was the first one from a Californian "regular" that made sense regarding the Second Amendment. Attempt to put restrictions of the First Amendment and the press and the ACLU will go berserk. But violence has often been caused by virulent speech. Wars have erupted due to print. Our American Revolution was largely fomented by written pamphlets, and the Spanish-American War was largely caused by the press.

Why not put controls on the First Amendment? Why is the press so ultra-protective of its own little piece of the Bill of Rights and unwilling to make any compromise of any kind and yet so eager to compromise the Second Amendment and restrict law abiding citizens' rights under the Second Amendment rather that speak out against the behavior of the perpetrators? If we think about it, guns are the only object in our society that are blamed for behavior.

Robert Braley


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