The parable of the Second Amendment

Because Christ teaches using parables, people who learn from him gain an advantage. They are accustomed to remembering that things are not always what they seem, and to use their imagination to think beyond the apparent significance of a story for its additional meaning.
I thought of this today while reading a story about the Justice Department’s decision to acknowledge “that popular semi-automatic sporting rifles such as AR-15 are not inherently military weapons.” The story accurately reports that “gun control activists frequently argue that military weapons are not appropriate for ‘consumer’ use.”
The story quotes Alan M. Gottlieb, “the founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation” saying that “Not only is this a First Amendment victory for free speech, it is also a devastating blow to the gun prohibition lobby.” Given Mr. Gottlieb’s formulation, I found myself thinking “If the First Amendment stands for free speech, for what does

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