There is an ongoing push in Congress to ban the ability of states to legalize Internet gaming. Rumors are swirling in Congress of an end of the year deal that will impose a short-term gaming ban; they are calling it a “moratorium and study,” that, if passed, will violate the 10th Amendment to the Constitution as much as a permanent one.
As a supporter of the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms, I must ask, can an Internet ban on the sale of firearms be far behind?
Michael Hammond, the General Counsel of Gun Owners of America, has noted that a gaming ban potentially opens the door for further meddling with Internet freedom. Hammond believes if the federal government can cherry pick what can be sold online and can override state laws, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who hasdemanded action on this front since 1999, will again push for the banning of gun sales online and Republicans won’t have a philosophical leg to stand on to fight against it.
The Bill of Rights is sacrosanct and liberals should respect the right of the people to govern themselves in the states. Political correctness has no business dictating what parts of the Constitution our federal government follows and ignores.
On some politically correct college campuses, Voltaire’s fight for the idea that, “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it,” may seem quaint and outdated. Liberals will only fight for ideas that they deem acceptable. Thankfully, most average Americans still cherish and agree with tolerance of others to believe differently…
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