VA Citizens Defense League Unclear on How Constitution Works

Friday, February 12, 2010

One additional point on Lowell's earlier post on the House subcommittee voting to repeal Virginia's one-handgun-a-month limit.

From WTVR's story on the vote:
Philip Van Cleave, president of the pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League, argued that no other constitutional rights, like those to attend church or write letters to the editor, are rationed, so neither should the Second Amendment right to own guns.
Does the First Amendment's freedom of speech mean you can threaten to kill the president? Or falsely yell "fire" in a crowded theater? Of course not. These are reasonable restrictions meant to minimize harm.

Just like limiting handgun sales to one a month.

Something for General Assembly members to remember next time the Virginia Citizens Defense League comes calling.