Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Goldwater Institute: Alan Korwin on How safe is the Bill of Rights?

The Bill of Rights was ratified on Dec. 15, 1791. Whether through luck or fate, this is perfect timing for recognizing that seminal document, which for more than two centuries has been a lynchpin of human freedom and limits on government power.

flagAmericans of all stripes have for years railed against perceived and actual reductions in our human rights from the current administration. Now, there is concern about impending threats to freedoms guaranteed under the Bill of Rights, from actions promised or implied by the incoming presidential administration.

Whether the new boss is better or worse than the old boss is not the issue. Preservation of human and civil rights that have made this nation a beacon of freedom for the entire world is what matters. The real issues are: Is the Bill of Rights working? What are the threats to its health? What if anything can be done to bolster its protection of we the people?

These questions cannot be answered without first appreciating the meaning of the document that makes them possible. Accordingly, for the sixth year in a row, Arizonans are planning a gathering on Monday, Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Wrigley Mansion to read the Bill aloud and consider these issues. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Now completing his twelfth book, Alan Korwin is widely recognized as a leading expert on America's gun laws, and has made nearly 1,000 radio and TV appearances.

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