The First Amendment - guarantees freedom of religion, press, speech...However, there are limitations to these freedoms; for example, you cannot yell "fire" in a crowded theater without breaking a law.

If the First Amendment has limitations, certainly the Second Amendment, of lesser importance, must also have limitations. However, the National Rifle Association would have us believe the "right to bear arms" has few, if any, limitations.

Common sense seems to prevail in constitutional decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court. When the exercise of a protected right may cause extreme danger, the justices use the "balancing test' and will limit the exercising of that right if necessary.

The only purpose of a gun, specifically an assault rifle, is to injure or kill. Shouldn't the right to own certain types of guns or specific types of ammunition, be subjected to the same type of "balancing test" reviewed by the Supreme Court and a mandate established regarding this issue?


Kenn Splitt