Richard S. wrote:
rberq wrote:I don't see that in the text of the amendment. But many places have laws saying you may [shoot someone], and many courts have affirmed that you may, within reason.
What I'm asking is can I just ignore the law and shoot anyone with my gun because my right to bear arms has been secured by the second amendment?
I don't see anything in the text of the first amendment that puts the press above the law either.
Having said that who's the press? Am I the press? If I rename this site NEPA Press and declare myself reporter am I now above the law?
I understand what you were asking. What I was implying, in my roundabout way, is "it depends". As usual, the devil is in the details. I doubt very much if "the press" -- a legitimate reporter -- would ever be convicted in court for possessing something simply so he could show it to you.
But you raise an excellent question, "Who IS the press"?
NY Times? Yes.
Wall Street Journal? Yes.
An ABC news special demonstrating that dowsing for water really works? Not sure.
Fox No News? NAH!
Bloggers on right-wing and left-wing web sites? Probably.
YOU? Probably. When you speak your opinions, is it freedom of speech, and when you publish your opinions, is it freedom of the press? If you declare yourself a reporter, no, you are not ABOVE the law, but maybe you are PROTECTED BY the law and can possess a big ammunition clip for purposes of photographing it and publishing it as long as you stick to that use.