I am a gun owner and have been since I was 12, growing up in South Dakota. I still have an assortment of shotguns and rifles, all used for sporting purposes.Good for you, Tom, I didn't realize that. You own guns and hunt. Good for you.
But he really doesn't like "military" guns. And misunderstand the law.
But the Second Amendment does not guarantee the right to bear any arms you please. Fully automatic weapons have long been illegal to buy, as have bazookas and artillery pieces our troops take to war.That's interesting, Tom. I don't know any prohibition on buying either rocket launchers or artillery. Or tanks. I know of several folks (and a quick Google search would reveal more) who own those very things. It's an expensive hobby, like your ranch in Montana, but it's not illegal.
Then he brings up the First Amendment canard.
I am a journalist, protected by the First Amendment. “Congress shall make no law,” it says, except that all journalists know they cannot, among other acts, deliberately libel a person or falsely shout fire in a crowded theater without legal consequences.You're absolutely right Tom, and it's still against the law to murder people. I'm sure that if I shoot someone there might be consequences. Just like if you libel someone there might be consequences. So what's your point?
I would think that a "respected" journalist like Tom Brokaw could come up with a better argument than this, but he printed it, didn't he?