Andrea Mitchell: 2nd Amendment Can be 'Infringed' Just Like the 1st

January 21, 2013 - 12:03 PM

Andrea Mitchell: 2nd Amendment 'Can Be Infringed' Because '1st Amendment Is Infringed'

Andrea Mitchell, host of MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports." (AP)

(CNSNews.com) - MSNBC anchor “Andrea Mitchell Reports” said last week that the Second Amendment "can be infringed" just like the First Amendment can.

The Second Amendment says that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Mitchell expressed this view while interviewing with Gun Owners of America Communications Director Erich Pratt on Jan. 16.

“If there is an area of agreement that we have with the president," said Pratt, it is that "he quoted from the Declaration of Independence saying that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.

“That's a very important concept, inalienable rights,” Pratt said,  “because whether it's the right to vote, the right to sit behind a microphone, or the right to choose how I'm going to protect myself, all those rights cannot be infringed as the Second Amendment says--"

"Well, they can be infringed because the First Amendment is infringed," said Mitchell. "I have to obey all sorts of regulations from the FCC. There are things that we can't say in a crowded theater, so every right also carries with it responsibility."

"What's interesting about that though is we don't gag people before they go into the theater. We punish the lawbreakers,” said Pratt. “And in the same way, we would argue, punish those who abuse the right but don't gag law-abiding citizens before they exercise their right. …"