The rights of free speech, freedom of press, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion are protected by the First Amendment…
But I think few people would question the government’s right to impose reasonable restrictions concerning:
Shouting “hand over all your money, this is a stick-up” in a bank, or
Shouting “turn this plane around, I have a bomb,” on an airplane, or
Posting notices all over town stating that your ex is a heroin-using prostitute when you know it’s completely false, or
Placing adverts in the newspaper selling fake viagra pills that you made in your kitchen, or
Assembling a dozen friends for a drunken bacchanal in the public library, or
Practicing a religion whose rituals include smoking crack and sacrificing babies.
Everyone fully understands and accepts that the First Amendment rights are not absolute and the government is entitled to impose reasonable restrictions on those rights.
But the loonie Second Amendment fanatics apparently believe that amendment is different, is absolute, and they go apeshit claiming any restriction of any kind, no matter how reasonable, is an alleged infringement on their rights. Of course, they’re wrong and it’s shameful that politicians are such cowards in the face of such stupidity.