The ill minded should not be the cause of the abiding citizens of America to lose their rights. The second amendment (the right to bear arms) was within the first 10 amendments to be put into our Bill of Rights. As the supreme court stated, the right to bear arms belongs completely to those as individuals. The purpose of the second amendment to be made was to make sure that the government couldn’t unarm our militias and make federal standing armies. When argued that the Second Amendment is purely to keep from disarming the state militias can not be entirely true, for it is said in the last half of the Amendment itself “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”.
The First Amendment guarantees that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press.” The freedom of speech, press, and religion have been pillars of the United States and other Democratic nations who knew the need to have these rights guaranteed. This idea was a major element of the Enlightenment period, the thoughts of John Locke, Jean Rousseau, Montesquieu, and Voltaire would be incorporated into the Constitution which included Freedom of Speech as a Human Right. Despite the protection of speech, it is more a matter of what speech is welcome where. A rise in partisanship has decreased the ability to speak an opinion or hold a discussion, essentially limiting the First Amendment. Lawfully it is not possible to suppress speech that doesn’t hold a danger as ruled in the Supreme Court Case Schenck v United States, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible for it to be suppressed.
Rights and Responsibility of a U.S Citizen Though people often confuse the rights and responsibilities of a citizen, they are both two different things. According to Brainpop (n. d.) “a right is a freedom that is protected, such as the right to free speech and religion. A responsibility is a duty or something you should do, such as recycling or doing your homework.” The difference can therefore be observed in the fact that the right is something the law protects you with, while the responsibility is something the law requires you to fulfill. The right should not make someone forget that they have responsibilities. If you have the right to live, you cannot go everywhere smoking in the public and causing people heart attacks, and expect to be protect
Freedom of speech might as well create a transparent government. When citizens has the right to voice out everything without restrictions, as consequences, it may force the government to make sure that there are no secret between the government and citizens. With this, the order of a country organized is indirectly depends on the citizens. What is a government without its citizens? Governments cannot do anything that may causes the citizens to feel threatened, or else they will have to step down from their position as a country’s leader, as the citizens have the power to freely express their dissatisfaction without worrying about the restrictions.
He says that justice involves the idea of equality. He goes on to argue that the use of justice can’t be described in terms of the idea that justice and generality, as a legal ideal, might share. Laws should be very clear and it should be specified as to which norms have the status of law. Hart discusses this and takes the stand that they should not be the end-all of legal morality. Thus, as far as primary rules are concerned, Hart argues that there is a need for certainty, so that these rules can be applied by general public without any official guidance.
But, both refer to the different kinds of rights and guarantees. 3 Civil liberties are protections against governmental actions. For example, every citizen has his or her own right to enjoy and choose whatever religion they want. For this Government cannot intervene the freedom of religion that one wants to enjoy. 4 On contrary, civil rights are the positive actions that government should take to maintain harmony and equality among all the citizens.
It protects citizens of the United States from Congress supporting one religion over others and restricting an individual’s religious choice. This enforces separation of church and state. The first amendment guarantees the right for society to come together and to petition their government. It also allows society the freedom of expression, so congress cannot silence the press or person who is speaking freely. This possibly is the most important to Americans - freedom of speech.
During the process of creating a social contract, the people exchange their freedom and natural rights for a stable state, thus giving the sovereign the ability to enact laws. Many believe that the modern day executive branch fulfills the role of Locke’s sovereign, and is responsible for protecting public interests i.e. the natural rights of the people, despite the lack of specific legislation . According to Locke’s theory a law created by the sovereign is only valid if it is related to an individuals natural rights of life, freedom and property. Thus the law “you will not stand on the blood of your neighbor” is valid because it protects the natural right that an individual has to life.
There have been many controversies around what people should do during the national anthem. We can still respect our country besides for standing. One of the most important principal in the united states is that we have freedom of speech unless there is a compelling reason to take it away. In fact the first amendment of the constitution states that in stipulations can not make rules that quote “abridge the freedom of speech.” This is implies that though we have been standing for the national anthem there is no rule or law saying that we can not do anything else during the national anthem and people are the only limitations from stopping people from doing what they want so whos to say we can only respect our country one way. We should be able to respect our country in many multiple ways and however we want to as long as it is some form of respect.
Freedom and safety are ideals in one’s perfect world but as everyone knows this is not possible in the world we live in today. According to Cambridge Dictionary Freedom is “the condition or right of being able or allowed to do, say, think, etc. whatever you want to, without being controlled or limited” while Safety is “a state in which a place where you are safe and not in danger or at risk.” Where we live now freedom is a gift and something precious that not everyone can receive. Everyday it seems that governments seem to limit our freedom for safety yet people protest, does that mean that all people refuse safety for freedom. These changes like increasing more security in areas or preventing people from going somewhere dangerous limit our freedom.