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Critical thinking is necessary to understand that constitutional rights belong to everyone, not just you

Children, listen up. Do you know the meaning of hypocrisy?


By -- Alice Vann—— Bio and Archives--March 29, 2018

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Children, listen up. Do you know the meaning of hypocrisy? It means insincere or hollow. Your “March for Our Lives” was your cry for school safety, or at least I thought so. You think the 2nd amendment is a bad law, You want restriction placed on the right to bear arms. You feel that would keep you safe. Here’s the hypocrisy part, if you were truly concerned about your own safety, you would welcome a rule requiring clear backpacks. But you don’t like that rule, do you? It infringes on your constitutional rights, you say. Critical thinking is necessary to understand that constitutional rights belong to everyone, not just you.

I think some serious civics education is in order. We, as Americans have rights. This is a free country. As long as people can move about freely and are not (hypothetically) subject to undue government interference or restriction, there could be danger. But, taking away freedoms is a slippery slope.  And, the fact of the matter is that the Constitution reads like this: Amendment IV. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. That means they can’t search your backpack without a reason. It does not say that the school can not require clear backpacks or ban backpacks all together.  And, it doesn’t say that school can’t have rules. They have lots of them and we should be glad they do.

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