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April 11, 2007

The Bill of Rights Test

"Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes was wrong. You have an absolute and perfect right to shout 'Fire!' in a crowded theater -- and to accept responsibility for the consequences." (Alexander Hope in _Hope_)

The defining charactistic of Alexander Hope in the novel _Hope_ (http://shop.jpfo.org/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=20) is his absolute commitment to upholding the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is a list of absolute do-not-cross-this-line rules for the federal government, and it differentiates America from every other country in the world.

Our latest Concealed Carry Magazine column explains how a "Bill of Rights" test, or BORT, can protect not just gun owners' rights, but the rights of all Americans. Simply put, for any government law, program, or policy, just ask the question: “Does this violate the Bill of Rights?” Any law or policy that violates any element of the Bill of Rights must be rejected. If a candidate stands for ideas that would violate the Bill of Rights, that candidate is no friend of freedom.

The BORT is not a liberal or conservative approach. It is a distinctly American approach that can bear fruit for gun owners and all citizens. Go to www.jpfo.org/ccm200704.pdf to read more about it.

- The Liberty Crew


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