Emmer should watch out what he wishes for | AspenTimes.com

Emmer should watch out what he wishes for

Maurice Emmer deserves our thanks for drawing into sharp focus the divide between those who will not compromise at all on individual liberties and those who believe that accommodation is needed to achieve the common good. Such limits already exist, he knows but will not admit it. For example, just as the First Amendment’s freedom of speech rights are not unlimited, the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms has constraints.

In a reasoning world, tough constitutional problems would be addressed by recognizing personal rights but at the same time striking a balance (like, in the case of guns, recognizing the right to have some weapons but having background checks and the reinstatement of the Brady Act outlawing military weapons and high-capacity magazines). But in the alt-world according to Maurice, that is impossible. Rather, critical social policy would be abandoned, like no more public health and all the societal compromises it entails — gone.

Let’s hope Maurice’s uni-polar world does not come to pass, one where nearly 40,000 gun-related deaths a year is an acceptable price to pay for unbridled liberty.

Neil B. Siegel


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User

Letter to the Editor

Kudos & Kindness (April 11, 2021)

On April 3 in downtown Aspen, we were blessed by an amazing showcase of Native dance and drum exhibition. The presence of the first inhabitants of these lands, their beautiful traditional songs, dances and prayers…

See more