In Our Defense. Amendments Essay

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In Our Defense

The title of this book is In Our Defense. It is written by Ellen Alderman and Caroline Kennedy. This book was copyrighted in 1991 and the First Avon Books edition was published in 1992. The genre is nonfiction, law. This book is about all of our rights as citizens of the United States of America and cases that prove as to why these rights are so important to us. There are, however, some controversies on the extent of how far these rights go.
The first amendment most importantly protects freedom of speech. Dennis Mahon, a member of the KKK, was trying to exercise his freedom of speech, through airing a television program called “Race and Reason.” The Missouri Knights group chose public cable access to broadcast because
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Then Pevar, who is Mahons’s attorney, filed a suit in the federal district stating that the Klan had been discriminated against by the content of its speech and also that the access channel was a public forum that the city did not have a right to take away. They said it violated the first amendment rights of the Klan and the other people who have the right to watch uncensored programs. The city tried to have to suit dismissed by telling them that they could use other means of reaching out to their audiences other than the television. The Klan did end up winning their case and their show was restarted, and there rights were protected. In the end the Reverend Cleaver became the mayor and canceled the show anyway. The second amendment is the right to bear arms. In June of 1981 the trustees of the town of Morton Grove, Illinois voted in favor of a law which prohibited the possession of handguns in the home. A lawyer and gun owning resident, Victor Quilici filed a lawsuit challenging the law claiming that it violated his Second Amendment right. The district court ruled that the Second Amendment does not apply to the states, that the right to bear arms is inextricably connected to the preservation of a militia that state legislatures may regulate or restrict state legislatures, and municipalities may limit private access to weapons under their power to provide for the public health and safety. The US Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court's decision.

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