In 1776 English colonists residing in North America had the highest standard of living of any human on the planet, the most extensive freedom of speech, the press and religion found in the entire world, but they felt “oppressed.” They took up arms to defend what they viewed as restrictions on their historic ENGLISH rights. At the core of those rights was freedom of speech. Fast forward to 2012 and thousands of American supporters of gun rights sent a petition to President Obama urging deportation of English born Piers Morgan because he expressed ideas that conflicted with their own.
White House press secretary Jay Carney responded to the petition request. “However, the Constitution not only guarantees an individual right to bear arms, but also enshrines the freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution Second Amendment violate the spirit of the First.” End of debate.