By Andie Weinberg
WORDS OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT
What is the first amendment?
FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Historical: Freedom of speech was created and the amendment was written a long time ago but has grown from them. No people can say more things as well as not say somethings because people have found out about libel and slander. Now, those are some exceptions that can not be used.
Current Use: In 1998 there was nothing people say about the holocaust because it was a bad time. At a middle school the kids decided to start a silent protest by putting paperclips on their collar. The Paperclips became a worldwide silent protest to stand up for their rights.
Opinion: I think that is a good rule because we are free and should not have too many limitations on what we can say.
A mouth with an american flag tounge.
Free Speech Statement
A good statement about free speech.
Free Speech Picture
Free speech cartoon for first amendment.
FREEDOM OF RELIGION
History: A very long time ago, people had to all worship the same god as their ruler chose and had to do whatever customs the leader wanted them to do.
Current Use: A couple years ago, a football team from a christian school used their freedom of religion and put quotes from the bible on their banners.
Opinion: I like how people have the freedom of religion because they should get to decide who to worship and how to worship that person or people. People should not be forced to celebrate and be loyal if they are not actually.
FREEDOM OF PRESS
Historical: Before, when their was a leader, people were not able to do this or they were beheaded. Due to that, they had to put freedom of press as an amendment, so the people know that they can put anything to the public without it being censored, even though there are still some rules about it.
Current Use: Some examples of freedom of the press are books, newspapers, magazines, and television shows. Before that stuff is aired or published it is not censored by the government.
Opinion: I think that is a good idea not to have those things censored because that would take to much time to censor every type of media that goes out. Also, people have freedom of speech, so I do not think that it is fair to be able to say anything but not be able to share it with the world or put it out publicly without someone checking it and making sure it is okay.
FREEDOM TO ASSEMBLE
History: For a long time people were not able to get together whenever they wanted. They must have had to plan it and it must have been for a special reason. Now people are able to gather for anything, but the exceptions, libel and slander, still apply.
Current Use: Today people everywhere gather for meetings and assemblies. For example: at school we have assemblies when we all go sit in the auditorium and talk about the theme we demonstrated last month, and discuss a new theme to demonstrate and display the following month. Without freedom to assemble we would not be able to do that.
Opinion: I think that freedom to assemble is a good part of the amendment because people need to have meetings and get together to discuss things for their business and for other people. Some of the meetings are very important. For example: what would everyone do if Apple did not get together and come up with wonderful ideas for the new apple products coming out.
Each letter represents different things.
People standing around a tree together.
Martin Luther King Jr.
People assembled to hear his speech.
RIGHT TO PETITION
History: The right to petition was an add on to the freedom of assembly. In the beginning, people only had the right to assemble. The right to petition could not have started without the freedom of assembly.
Current Use: An example of current use for petitioning has to do with the right to bear arms. Since there were 3 school shootings recently, people have started to petition about who can have guns and for what reasons.
Opinion: I am glad we have the right to petition because if the majority wants something different then what is happening, they should have a way to change it.
The people have gathered and are petitioning.
There is a very long petition with many names on it.
He is writing what he did wrong because it was not part of the first amendment.
WORDS OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT
RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
History: The right to bear arms was stated in the constitution as an amendment because before, people were not able to have guns. The second amendment was ratified a very long time ago and has been growing with limits about having more and less guns. The second amendment has been growing in more freedom and less freedom since 1791 when it was ratified.
Current Use: The right to bear arms has been taken advantage of pretty recently and a few times. For example, a man took his parents gun, went into a school, and shot 27 total people. 20 Student and 7 adults were shot and died, as well as his mom, and he shot himself in the end as well.
Opinion: I think that there should be some limitations on the gun control because in the past couple of weeks there has been a few school shootings. I think that it is very wrong what has been going on, and it really needs to stop.
A man is buying a gun, and said it is in the constitution that he is able to.
The boy says he has the right to bear arms. He took it literally and has bear arms.
Then and Now
Then- there is a man wearing a uniform with one gun, standing on a platform. Today- There is a man with multiple weapons, he is very strong and muscular, standing on a pile of ammo boxes.