I truly do not understand the uproar about a common-sense law proposed by Rep. Mike Pitts of the Upstate. Just think of all the errors made recently by so-called journalists — stories wrong, facts embellished and just plain untruths.
Nowhere in the proposed legislation does it seek to limit freedom of speech, the right to assemble or religious freedom. It actually enhances the ability of registered journalists to seek and obtain public records. They could just go into a local governmental office and show their state-provided credentials when requesting documents. The only thing needed to maintain this documentation would be to renew every couple of years.
And why not apply a common-sense waiting period for persons being released from jail? After all, there have been instances when prisoners were mistakenly released because they had other charges pending or were improperly identified. A three-day waiting period seems about right for the authorities to verify the person to be released can be released. This law is definitely one that ensures the safety of the citizens.
As one can see, the common-sense approach to restrictions on the Bill of Rights isn’t really common sense. People who want to restrict certain portions of the Bill of Rights will say that the framers of the Constitution couldn’t foresee the technological advances made in the almost 250 years since both documents were written.
But the Constitution and Bill of Rights language is very clear. By allowing a single article of the Constitution or amendment of the Bill of Rights to be changed or restricted, all other parts of those document can be re-written too.
So when someone asks why everyone can’t agree to commonsense gun laws, ask him to apply the same laws to the other amendments contained in the Bill of Rights. If this is done, they don’t look very common sense after all.
I think that the Ninth Amendment says it all:
“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”