Which amendment of constitution is best?

Jacob Dugar, Editor

America is often referred to as the land of the free, and it’s not hard to see why. Our nation and constitution were created after having fought against tyranny, so the founders wanted to ensure it would be difficult to reach that level again.

   So, which amendment is the best? Well, I’d have to say that it’s between two of them: the first and the second.

   Let’s start with the first amendment. This one protects more than just free speech; it also protects freedom of religion, press, assembly, and petition.

   This amendment is for expressing individuality and bringing about change. Some people have forgotten, though, that it does not mean freedom from consequences.

   It is one of the major factors that makes America so great. We have the rights under this amendment to criticize the government, worship whatever we want, demand change in Congress, and publish whatever we please.

   Next, is the second amendment. This one is hotly debated, so I’ll quote it. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

   This one is debated mostly because of the confusing use of commas, but, to me, covers the right of the people to keep and bear arms in order to essentially scare the government from infringing on our other rights.

   This is especially important when you look at countries like the UK, where they lost their guns in 1997, and now people can get arrested for tweets.

   Some say that the government would never do such acts as taking away our rights, but they’re wrong. It’s already happened lots of times. The PATRIOT Act was created after 9/11 and put into place barely a month after, on October 26. This act essentially allows the government to spy on citizens at all times without warrant through wiretaps, going through mail, and several other methods.

   This is by far not the only example of the government treading on our rights, but I don’t have time for more. In my eyes, the second amendment is best, as it is the reason the other amendments can freely exist.