During the past few years we have seen several mass murders involving guns. Some people, including our current president, have used these horrific incidents to try to curtail our Second Amendment rights. In each case I have strongly supported our right to keep and bear arms.
This is not because I did not care about the innocent lives that were lost. It was because I believe our freedom is worth the cost. Freedom isn’t free.
But our Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights are just as important as the First and Second. We have to tolerate scumbags like Larry Flynt and protesters burning the American flag. That’s because freedom of speech is nearly sacred. As it should be.
Putting up with speech we find abhorrent is the price we pay for our own freedom of speech. Putting up with the death of innocents is the price we pay for the right to enforce and defend our freedoms.
The Fourth Amendment has to do with our right to privacy and the freedom from unreasonable searches. The Fifth Amendment concerns due process and the right against self-incrimination. The Sixth Amendment protects our right to legal counsel.
Those rights would be meaningless if they could be violated with impunity. After years of looking the other way the Supreme Court ruled that the only practical way to enforce those rights was to exclude evidence obtained in violation thereof.
That means that the price of our freedom includes letting some bad guys escape justice. But we don’t do that because we feel sorry for the bad guys. We sometimes have to let criminals go free to protect our own freedom. That’s a high price to pay.
But freedom isn’t free.