„You could say that the paparazzi and the tabloids are sort of the "assault weapons" of the First Amendment.“

—  Charlton Heston, Context: You could say that the paparazzi and the tabloids are sort of the "assault weapons" of the First Amendment. They're ugly, a lot of people don't like them, but they're protected by the First Amendment — just as "assault weapons" are protected by the Second Amendment. Interview Fox News Channel (15 September 1997)
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