February 10, 2009

Constitution means what??

Read this,  note the second amendment

This tells me the President Obama does not have a basic understanding of the Constitution of the United States .

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in , that "the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home."

District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), No. 07-290

Key words  protects an individual right!

Does the first amendment grant us free speech?  No.. it does not GRANT us free speech.

This is sobering and frightening.

1 comment:

Stella said...

Lee, this has always bothered me, also. However, laws over the course of our history have strengthened First Amendment:

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference. See U.S. Const. amend. I. Freedom of expression consists of the rights to freedom of speech, press, assembly and to petition the government for a redress of grievances, and the implied rights of association and belief. The Supreme Court interprets the extent of the protection afforded to these rights. The First Amendment has been interpreted by the Court as applying to the entire federal government even though it is only expressly applicable to Congress. Furthermore, the Court has interpreted, the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as protecting the rights in the First Amendment from interference by state governments. See U.S. Const. amend. XIV.
Despite popular misunderstanding the right to freedom of the press guaranteed by the first amendment is not very different from the right to freedom of speech. It allows an individual to express themselves through publication and dissemination. It is part of the constitutional protection of freedom of expression. It does not afford members of the media any special rights or privileges not afforded to citizens in general.
Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech...

I hope this makes you feel better. Rather than the word "freedom," the constitution uses the term, "abridging" of not allowing restrction of speech (unless you yell fire in a croweded theatre...)