Opinion: First Amendment lets you disagree

If I could bring back the Founding Fathers for anything, I’d ask them for more clarification on the Second Amendment. Guns for any reason, or just to maintain private militias? Background checks to keep the evil or mentally disturbed from owning guns, or a wide-open system so everybody could buy tools to defend against those […]

Free speech also allows for hate speech

Freedom New Mexico Free speech and the First Amendment prevailed Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that the First Amendment protects even vile and hateful speech directed at gays, warriors and Catholics. It’s a sad-but-essential victory for anyone who believes that freedom requires legal protection of radical and outrageous ideas. Westboro Baptist Church […]

News media defenders of open government

This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Portales News-Tribune and the Brownsville (Texas) Herald. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees our freedoms of speech, religion, the press, assembly and to take grievances to government officials. It’s the No. 1 item in our Bill of […]

Gun policies should remain business choice

Freedom New Mexico The day after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over whether the Second Amendment to the Constitution overrides local gun control laws, national coffee chain Starbucks defended its policy not to prohibit firearms at its outlets. Starbucks officials issued a statement Wednesday that essentially deferred gun prohibition decisions to government officials. If […]

Measure bumps up county term limits

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican The Senate on Saturday passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow county officials in the state — commissioners, sheriffs, clerks, treasurers and assessors — to run for three consecutive four-year terms instead of the two terms under current law. The resolution passed with a 27-14 vote. It had […]

Gun control should not be state mandated

Freedom New Mexico A year after its landmark ruling that the Second Amendment secures an individual, not collective, right to possess firearms, the Supreme Court signaled Wednesday it will accompany it with another historic decision — whether that right applies to states and localities. In June 2008, the court ruled 5-4 in D.C. v. Heller […]

Editorial: Court decision, proposed rule favor Second Amendment

Second Amendment supporters got a couple of pieces of good news last month. One, perhaps the most important in a while, was that a federal appeals court didn’t buy New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s argument that firearms manufacturers should be held responsible for firearm violence in his city. The other bit of good news […]

Editorial: Court should kill ‘millionaire’s amendment’

The U.S. Supreme Court heard a curious case Tuesday that highlights the absurdity of the 2002 McCain-Feingold law’s limits on contributions to political candidates. Davis v. Federal Election Commission was about a curious amendment to that law called the “millionaire’s amendment.” McCain-Feingold set limits on campaign contributions (currently $2,300 for primaries and $2,300 for general […]

Denying children citizenship no answer

Freedom New Mexico One of the most challenging issues in the national debate over illegal immigration is what to do about the children of such immigrants who gain automatic U.S. citizenship at birth. Despite the wishes of anti-immigration extremists, the federal courts almost universally have agreed the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to anyone born on […]

Bush administration misfires on gun regulation issue

In a brief filed last week with the Supreme Court, the Bush administration paid lip service to the idea that Americans have an individual right to possess a firearm. But the practical implications of its argument show the government is speaking with a forked tongue. Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District […]