Toy guns and free speech
Remembering my days as a young boy playing cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians, we all had toy guns. We either shot at our enemies or said, “Stick 'em up,” but never did we hear of school shootings or young people shooting themselves after they had killed others. Middle-agers and youngsters who didn't experience those days need to be told why there has been a big change.
The changes came about when money became more important than ethics. The First Amendment to the Constitution wasn't written as an excuse for showing young people's undeveloped minds ways to kill others or uncensored sexual smut. Freedom of speech gave people the right to express their views whether pro or con without retribution.
I think the members of Congress are completely oblivious to the abuse of the First Amendment because their mindset is so muddled by looking for ways to change the Second Amendment.
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