Saturday, July 07, 2012

An example of right-wing authoritarianism

I frequently complain about left-wing authoritarianism.  However, it infects both the left and right.  Here is a right-wing example.  Although I am a strong Second Amendment supporter, I don't think those who are pro-gun should always get a free pass. I  try not to be an ideologue and absolutist even when it comes to Constitutional rights.  In a prior post I agreed with a case deciding that it did not violate the First Amendment rights of convicted sex offenders to  bar them from  social media popular with young people.  I agree with this decision striking down a Fla. law pushed through by pro-gun activists.  In some cases, the First Amendment trumps pro-gun activism.


  1. It would seem to me that if there is a conflict between given Constitutional rights the USC determines which one takes precedence on a case by case basis. I don't know how you can strongly argue either way for the priority of one over the other except in that fashion.

  2. jr:
    Sorry if the post was unclear. The Second Amendment does not require or authorize the Florida law. The decision does not pit the First Amendment against the Second. The Second Amendment is legally irrelevant. First Amendment rights trumped pro-gun activism, not the Second Amendment.