Civil Liberties

The Second Amendment and the Right ...

Congress ratified the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1791, granting Americans the right to bear arms. Interpreting the Second Amendment in moder.... Read more

It's OK to Speak Your Mind, But Don...

Being a U.S. citizen gives you the right to voice your opinion, either with words or through your actions. In civil rights law, "speech" refers to all kinds o.... Read more

Assault Weapons and Mass Shootings

The year 2012 was a terrible year for mass shootings involving assault weapons. The Sandy Hook elementary school shooting killed 20 young children and six tea.... Read more

Civil Liberties

Can You Use Deadly Force to Defend Yourself?

You hear someone trying to enter you house at night. You are accosted by a threatening stranger on the street. In these frightening situations, are you allowed to use deadly force to protect yourself?... Read more

Assault Weapons and Mass Shootings

The year 2012 was a terrible year for mass shootings involving assault weapons. The Sandy Hook elementary school shooting killed 20 young children and six teachers. The Portland Mall shooting left thr... Read more

The Right to Gather Has Some Restrictions

Both the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and most state constitutions protect your right to gather with other people for almost any reason: to express your religious views, to protest, even t... Read more

Your Right to Practice Any Religion or None At All

The freedom to choose and practice your own religion without government interference is a fundamental human right. It's a civil right as well, protected by the U.S. Constitution. The First Amendment p... Read more

It's OK to Speak Your Mind, But Don't Hurt Anyone

Being a U.S. citizen gives you the right to voice your opinion, either with words or through your actions. In civil rights law, "speech" refers to all kinds of expression. But the U.S. Constitution, a... Read more

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