Amendments of the Constitution
Created by Michael Gabe
freedom of speech
Eventhough the "freedom of speech" part of amendment 1 was created (and was new), slaves still didn't have the right to do ANYTHING freely. They were allowed to be beaten, whipped, or done anything to them by their "owner". Freedom of speech meant that anybody could say anything (to some limits).
In my opinion.....
In my opinion, freedom of speech is the main thing America needed. But people should not be allowed to excessively swear in public, and also (also later said in assembly and petition) people shouldn't be allowed to say racial comments in public. Not that this has happened recently...
Freedom of press
Freedom of the press meant that publishers of newspapers, or anything else to do with the news, could write anything they wanted. As long as the news is actually true.
in My opinion...
In my opinion, people have to know what is going on outside the world, but I think that gossip in magazines or news intrudes too much on celebrities' lives. It isn't fair that because so and so broke up with so and so it should be exploited. Plus, this happens with normal people all the time, just because they are famous does not (in my opinion) mean that because they did something wrong it is important.
Virginia asked the Supreme Court to uphold the freedom of press on college. Virginia wanted to make restrictions alcoholic advertisements in college campuses. But, even though Virginia said that there was "a common sense like" between drinking and advertisements, the district court had no reason to believe that making restrictions on these advertisements would reduce usage of under-age drinking.
Old England's Policy
Because they didn't have Amendment 1, and frankly didn't want to have it, Old England recuired all publishers, including those from the American colonies, had to give a license to print any one particular thing. Therefore, publishers didn't have as much control over what they publish as we do today.
freedom to assemble and right to petition
Freedom of Assembly means that people can form groups such as protests, strikes, anything from public to private. As long as it is not illegal (exporting/inporting drugs, planning assassination/murder, etc). Freedom to Petition allows citizens to request a change in government, like wanting less animal cruelty for example; this is usually done through either protests, strikes, or petitions.
in My opinion.....
In my opinion, freedom to assemble and petition is great! But racist people are legally allowed to yell out in public a certain type of religion or country should be eliminated. For example (and I do not want any of these things to happen) people can legally yell out: Kill the jews! Or, kill the muslims! That should not be allowed in public.
freedom of religion
Freedom of religion means that you can choose any type of religion you want, you also have to be treated fairly regardless of what type of religion.
in my opinion.....
In my opinion, this part of Amendment 1 (freedom of religion) has no flaws. People can believe what they want! If people think that if you are not their religion you will go to hell, then that's fine. People can choose what to believe in, and it should stay that way.
Amendment 2, the right to bear arms
In my opinion.....
In my opinion, guns should be allowed to be sold to the public, but not automatic/machine guns or shotguns; only allowed to be fired at firing ranges and not to be taken outside the firing ranges. Also, extended clips/magazines should not be allowed to be sold to the public either. Only low-class rifles, sniper rifles, and pistols should be allowed to be sold to the public: this allows hunters to keep hunting and also reduce the death count in murder cases.
Guns protect and harm
During the American Revolutionary War, the Continental Army took away guns from towns that were mostly loyal to the British. Also, on the frontiers, British soldiers and Hessians killed colonists, so having a gun would protect civilians from things like manslaughters from happening.