Via Hot Air. He's right about one thing...this kind of talk is chilling to the American ear. This story illustrates how American Freedom, pick an amendment, is unique in the world. It's not just our freedom with firearms that the rest of the world finds shocking, it's our freedom period. This echoes back to a phone call I had with a liberal listener on the show recently. He tried to argue that the 2nd Amendment was created specifically for 18th century weapons. Of course the Amendment says no such thing.
When I tried to compare this to the 1st Amendment covering only 18th century communications technologies, he went ballistic; "we're talking about guns here." No, we were talking about freedom; the level of which the Bill of Rights secures if unique in the world. And has been said many times, the First Amendment doesn't "also" protect offensive speech, it especially protects offensive speech. What other kind of speech needs protection?
And he author here also makes the 1st and 2nd Amendment connection:
Scary stuff for an American. Here, we're taught from an early age to be absolutist in our defense of free speech. But increasingly, the first amendment of the US constitution is looking a lot like the second amendment: an American exception so broad and so holy that it prevents us even from thinking about how to prevent harm.
What he is saying here without realizing it is that there can be such a thing as too much freedom, or at least too much of a certain type of freedom. He wants the freedom of speech limited to protect the freedom from being offended. That truly is tilting at windmills. You'd have to limit speech completely to guarantee that; much like you'd have to take away all guns to think gun control is a solution to random mass shootings.