What does the First Amendment mean to me?
The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.
Can you run someone over in self defense?
It is legally justifiable self-defense if you are in fear for your safety or your life. See for example the case from 2013 where the “stunt bikers” swarmed and attacked a family driving in an SUV, after one of the “stuntaz” intentionally caused an accident with the SUV. Note that this doesn’t mean “run over him”.
When has freedom of speech been used?
In the United States, the First Amendment protects freedom of speech. The First Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights—the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.
Why is the First Amendment so important?
Arguably, the First Amendment is also the most important to the maintenance of a democratic government. The freedoms of speech, press, assembly and the right to petition the government and seek redress of grievances proclaim that citizens have the right to call the government to account.
Is it illegal to protest on a highway?
The right to peaceably assemble is protected under the First Amendment and can be exercised many places: the Capitol, on sidewalks, in parks. But the freeway is not one of them.
Can you shoot protesters on your property?
When applied to the use of deadly force outside the home, this means the threat to your life must be real, imminent, and the use of force to repel such threat must be proportional to the nature of the threat. You can’t shoot someone unless they really are threatening your life.
How did freedom of speech begin?
Freedom of speech was established in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution in 1791 along with freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and the right to assemble. Protection of speech was first introduced when the Magna Carta was signed in 1215.