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When the Senate Intelligence Committee passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act by a vote of 14 to 1, committee chairman Senator Richard Burr argued that it successfully balanced security and privacy.
What should happen if someone threatens to kill you on social media? Are they protected by the First Amendment right guaranteeing the right to freedom of speech, or are they breaking the law? We will soon know now the answer after the Supreme Court rules on a case that may have far reaching ramifications well beyond the single case they are hearing.
Republican Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed the "Safe Carry Protection Act" into state law on 4/23/2014. This law is being dubbed the "guns everywhere" bill by its critics. Here are the in's and out's of this incredibly controversial law, that goes into effect on July 1st.
On Tuesday Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on what has become to be known as "The Hobby Lobby" case. I may be accused of being too hyperbolic, but I believe this case has the potential to redefine the concept of religious freedom for years to come.
The Saint Patrick's Day parade is a big deal in New York City. The parade has been running annually each and every year, dating all the way back to the early days of 1762. Every year on March 17th, the city holds the parade that has come to expect an audience of roughly a million spectators and a few hundred thousand participants. Also of note, the parade is privately run.
What is it about a United States citizen exercising their greatest Constitutionally mandated right that scares so many Republicans? It's a question that should bother everyone on both sides of the aisle because voting is not a Republican or Democratic right, but is a right for every legal citizen in this country.
|1st Amendment||Freedom of Speech, Religion & Press||163||17|
|Establishment Clause||Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion||0||0|
|Free Exercise Clause||Congress shall make no law... prohibiting the free exercise thereof [religion]...||0||0|
|2nd Amendment||Right to bear arms||2981||117|
|3rd Amendment||Prohibits the forced quartering of soldiers out of war time||1||2|
|4th Amendment||Prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and sets out requirements for search warrants based o...||37||9|
|5th Amendment||Sets out rules for indictment by grand jury and eminent domain, protects the right to due process,...||5||7|
|6th Amendment||Protects the right to a fair and speedy public trial by jury, including the rights to be notified...||7||2|
|7th Amendment||Provides for the right to trial by jury in certain civil cases, according to common law||1||2|
|8th Amendment||Prohibits excessive fines and excessive bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishment||1||6|
|9th Amendment||Protects rights not enumerated in the constitution.||2||2|
|10th Amendment||Limits the powers of the federal government to those delegated to it by the Constitution||10||3|
We are the only country in which guns outnumber people — a fact that came true in 2009. Yet, we keep manufacturing more and more guns.
“If every private citizen had the right to carry a musket, a thousand people would've shot Patrick Henry by now, am I right?”
President Obama said a lot about guns in his teary press conference Tuesday, but the one thing that he is not saying, despite all the howling from the right, is that he intends to take away Americans’ guns. Yet equally significant is the realization that individual citizens are unwilling to free themselves of the destructive weapons that are wreaking havoc on our society. Numerous Americans care more about their individual freedoms than our collective freedoms, and they are unable to see how these individualistic desires undermine the essential fabric of a democracy.
For most of the last two centuries, Europeans have been puzzling over their American cousins’ totemic obsession with guns and their passion for concealed weapons. And back in the decades before the American Civil War, several British visitors to American shores thought they’d discerned an important connection: people who owned slaves or lived among them wanted to carry guns to keep the blacks intimidated and docile, but often shot each other, too.
Everyone knows Bernie Sanders is a liberal. But there's one issue the self-described "democratic socialist" isn't so liberal on: guns. Now, Sanders isn't — as some people have described him — a "gun nut," but he does have a mixed voting record on gun policy. As a former representative and now senator of the very liberal Vermont, Sanders has swung to the left on many issues, particularly the economy and health care. But guns are one issue his rural state, with its relatively high levels of gun ownership, is moderate on — since so many residents use firearms for hunting and sport.
Last week, Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma admitted that her state had misled the United States Supreme Court. In a brief statement issued hours before the scheduled execution of Richard Glossip, Fallin said that she was granting him a 37-day stay “due to the Department of Corrections having received potassium acetate as drug number three for the three-drug protocol.” The state last spring assured the Supreme Court that it stood ready to execute Glossip with a three-drug cocktail consisting of “midazolam, followed by vecuronium or recuronium bromide, then potassium chloride” a different drug with different effects.
Last Friday, the powerful United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision evaluating the constitutionality of a ten-part gun control law. Two of the three judges upheld six parts of the law while a dissenting judge would have upheld all ten. The most important provision that was struck down limited the number of handguns a resident could register to one per month. The judges basically held that the Second Amendment cannot tolerate any limitation on the number of firearms Americans are allowed to possess.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a Ten Commandments monument placed on State Capitol grounds must be removed because the Oklahoma Constitution bans the use of state property for the benefit of a religion. The 6-foot-tall (1.8-meter) stone monument, paid for with private money and supported by lawmakers in the socially conservative state, was installed in 2012, prompting complaints that it violated the U.S. Constitution's provisions against government establishment of religion, as well as local laws.
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