Amendments 1 and 2

by: karina charanjiva

Amendment 1

Amendment 1: Freedom of Speech, Religion, Press, Assembly, and Right to Petition

Amendment 1 of the U.S. Constitution is Freedom of Speech, Religion, Press, and Assembly. It states that anyone who is a US citizen has the right to say what they want, practice whatever religion they want, assemble to express their emotions/ideas peacefully, and they have the right to petition the government to change laws. In the first amendment, it says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a-redress of grievances." I think the reason why this amendment was formed was because American citizens used to get in trouble for saying, doing, or showing what they believe in. I like the fact that this amendment is still around so that anyone has their own rights to their opinion. The only problem with this amendment is that people take it the wrong way. They abuse the right to say what they want and may end up insulting someone/something very important.
First Amendment Song
1st Amendment Song.m4v

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech is one of the freedoms mentioned in the first amendment of the United States Constitution. Freedom of Speech is the right to communicate one's opinions and ideas. This law was put in to place was so that people could say what they believed in without getting beat down or judged for what they think is right. I also think that it is a good thing to have around today because without this law, more than half of the country would be in jail for speaking up for what they believe in. This law should stay so that people can say what they want and have the right to express their beliefs.

Freedom of Religion

Freedom of Religion is also part of the first amendment. It is a principle that supports the freedom of a person or community, in public or private, to demonstrate religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance. The concept is generally recognized also to include the freedom to change religion or not to follow any religion. This amendment gives you the freedom to leave or discontinue membership in a religion or religious group. Before this law was in place, individuals were put in jail for their religion. I read that one day, a student attempted to pray silently before a math test. He was marched to the principal's office and forced to write one hundred times, "I will not pray in class." They were judged for being different which I think is definitely not ok. I like the fact that we still have this law around because if we didn't, people would be judged, abused, and threatened every day. I really hope this law stays around for a very long time because I don't want people that are different to be judged and hurt for believing in their God. I mean, so what if you are christian, jewish, or buddhist? It doesn't matter as long as you learn to accept each other for who you are as a person.
Freedom Of Religion Rap

Freedom of Press

Freedom of the Press is the third of five parts in the first amendment. Freedom of the Press means the freedom of the media. This essentially means freedom of communication and expression through mediums including electronic media and published materials. When such freedom mostly implies the unavailability of interference from a over stretching state, its preservation may be findable through constitutional or other legal protections. I think that when this law was put in because people used to have to get permission from the government to publish or publicly broadcast something/someone. In present day, I think that having this law is a good thing and a bad thing. I think it is a good thing because people don't have to ask the government for permission. I think this is a good thing because the government can be very picky sometimes, and if they didn't like what the publisher or TV network wanted to show to the public, they wouldn't let them do it at all. But I don't like this law because some shows on TV can be very boring or pointless and they just turn into a waste of time. So, to wrap this up, all I am going to say now is that I think this law should stick around for a little longer.

Freedom of Assembly

Freedom of Assembly sometimes used correspondingly with the freedom of association, is the right to come together and express, promote, pursue, and defend common interests. People wanted the right to protest or march against things they thought were wrong. When this law was put into the first amendment people wanted to demonstrate and have the right to meet to discuss how to make changes to the law. In today's time, I think that this law is still useful. I think it is useful because if someone feels strong enough about an idea about a law, they have the right to peacefully protest as a group and show the government what they feel should be done. If they felt really strong about what they said, they should have the right to petition.

Right to Petition

Having the Right to Petition is having the right to make a complaint to, or find help from the government, without being afraid of punishments. Another name for Right to Petition is known as an Incorporation Doctrine. This is the final piece of the first amendment of the United States Constitution. It gives citizens the right to sign a petition if they believe that the law is unfair or should be changed. The law was put in place to allow citizens to voice their concerns and propose changes to the law makers in the government. I like this rule because it allows a peaceful way for citizens to work with the government to change laws that they believe are not good.

Amendment 2

Amendment 2: The Right to Bear Arms

The Right to Bear Arms is the second amendment of the United States Constitution. What that means is that anyone has the right to own a gun to protect themselves. The constitution clearly states, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." I think the reason why the Founding Fathers put this amendment in the constitution is so that people had a right to own guns and they could protect themselves in any case of danger because in those days the US was a young country and people weren't confident that the government could protect them from all types of dangers. Lately, there have been some disagreements between some citizens and the government because of the tragic shooting in Connecticut. The reason why is because there have been many arguments about whether or not the government should ban assault weapons (unless you are in the army). I think that this law should be taken out of the constitution because it isn't used for the same reason as it was intended almost 200 years ago. Back then, people needed this law so that they could be protected because they didn't have police officers, or any technological security around them. Now, we have police officers, locks on our doors, alarm codes, etc. I understand why the law was made in the first place, but I don't understand why it is still around. If I could change the law, I would make it say that the only people that are allowed to have guns are the people who are involved in the police force, army, navy, etc. This amendment used to help. Now all it does is potentially cause harm to everyone in this country.


"The Sing-Along Second Amendment" by Roy Zimmerman