A clash of rights

A clash of rights

Jesse Robison Picasa The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects many things, including freedom of the press and expression of speech, while granting people the right to peacefully assemble and petition our government regarding grievances. These rights must be protected if we are to remain a free and open society, but they are in jeopardy due to inadequate gun regulation. Whether we are addressing racial injustice, women’s equality, one’s support or opposition to Joe Biden or Donald Trump, etc., Americans cherish freedom of expression as part of the fabric that makes our country special. Being able to peacefully assemble without fear of government or private reprisal is a critical right that requires protection. However, recent events have marred the concept of peaceful assembly. That right should never involve armed or violent confrontation, nor vandalism or looting of property. Anyone utilizing these tactics is shooting themself in the proverbial foot. They persuade no one of the justness of a cause, and criminal opportunists detract from valid messaging. Similarly, if government rounds up peaceful protestors to be carted away in vans, or uses force against lawful protestors, we are teetering upon the first footstep of becoming a totalitarian state. There is an obvious chilling impact when peaceful protestors are confronted by heavily armed opposition. Yes, we have a Second Amendment, but it is apparent government needs to enact more restrictions against bringing weapons into public forums. Additional tragic events will result if action is not taken to regulate this lethal […]

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