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Linked article: Chad Perrin: SOB » ACLU advocates banning “assault typewriters”

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This is a quote from the comments on the ACLU site, though I’m pulling it from Chad Perrin’s site so I’m quoting a quote now. Either way, some good stuff on the SC’s vote on the 2nd amendment.

A “collective” is a group of individuals. How can a collective have a right that the individuals in that collective don’t have? Which of the members of the group gets to exercise that right on behalf of the others? Who decides who that person is?

What about the First Amendment? It talks about freedom of the press, and “the right of the people peaceably to assemble.” That’s the same “the people” as in the Second Amendment, which you’ve asserted is a “collective right.” Maybe we should limit freedom of speech to registered press members (who will, of course, be required to store their typewriters in a disassembled and locked state, so that they are not able to exercise that collective right at a moment’s notice). We’ll take their fingerprints, run a background check, and make them demonstrate competency at composing headlines. Of course, no press will be allowed to operate within Washington D.C. — to keep illegal typewriters off the streets.

[From Chad Perrin: SOB » ACLU advocates banning "assault typewriters"]

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July 10th, 2008 at 8:48 am

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