Rice Says Gun Rights Are as Important as Right to Free Speech and Religion

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    Rice Says Gun Rights Are as Important as Right to Free Speech and Religion

    By Barry Schweid The Associated Press
    Published: May 11, 2005

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, recalling how her
    father took up arms to defend fellow blacks from racist whites in the
    segregated South, said Wednesday the constitutional right of Americans to
    own guns is as important as their rights to free speech and religion.

    In an interview on CNN's "Larry King Live," Rice said she came to that view
    from personal experience. She said her father, a black minister, and his
    friends armed themselves to defended the black community in Birmingham,
    Ala., against the White Knight Riders in 1962 and 1963. She said if local
    authorities had had lists of registered weapons, she did not think her
    father and other blacks would have been able to defend themselves.

    Birmingham, where Rice was born in 1954, was a focal point of racial
    tension. Four black girls were killed when a bomb exploded at a Birmingham
    church in 1963, a galvanizing moment in the fight for civil rights.

    Rice said she favored background checks and controls at gun shows. However,
    she added, "we have to be very careful when we start abridging rights that
    the Founding Fathers thought very important."

    Rice said the Founding Fathers understood "there might be circumstances that
    people like my father experienced in Birmingham, Ala., when, in fact, the
    police weren't going to protect you."

    "I also don't think we get to pick and choose from the Constitution," she
    said in the interview, which was taped for airing Wednesday night. "The
    Second Amendment is as important as the First Amendment."

    The First Amendment protects religious, press and speech freedoms as well as
    the rights to assemble and petition the government. The Second Amendment
    guarantees "a well-regulated militia" and "the right of the people to keep
    and bear arms." Gun-rights supporters and those who favor gun control
    disagree over whether the amendment guarantees individual gun ownership.
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    With some of those views, she could probably usefully spend months and months - going around her political fellows and explaining exactly what the constitution is.... as so many have chosen to forget or ignore it, despite their oaths.

    Saying is one thing of course - acting on it is another. I'd like to hear more of that from her and maybe she and Ron Paul can join forces - it'd be a start perhaps. Wishful thinking.

    The cynic in me hopes it is not empty rhetoric.
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    From another thread on this - it would appear that the broadcast transcript shows the 2A aspect was cut out, from the taped interview! WHAT?!! Selective broadcasting? Only show the bits the bosses want - geez - how bad can the media get!!! <mad>

    To make sure anyone who wants, sees the whole deal -
    The Department of State has a full transcript of the interview at:
    http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2005/46063.htm
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    P95Carry "how bad can the media get!!!" <mad>

    as bad as you think...triple it...and you'll be getting fairly close.

    BTW...I always liked Condoleezza Rice.
    My gut feeling about her was always good.
    At least she is up front & honest.
    I like her even more after I read that. Thanks Bumper.

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