Originally Posted by deadsp0t
I clearly disagree with what they're doing but 1A clearly protects their right to do so. Guess we could do as Communist Russia did and arrest any and everyone who speaks out about anything that even remotely goes against the government..?
Name one? The second amendment. Petitioning to do a complete ban on private gun ownership would violate the second amendment right of every citizen.
I agree they do have a right to petition. I do support that right. I just think that it is a stupid effort if the basis of the petition is going to fly in the face of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a right. I'm not saying to not allow petitions. And going against the bill of rights is not about going against the government. It is about going against the rights of the people. So your analogy with regard to petitioning against the government is flawed.
I don't want to stifle their speech, it would just be nice if they thought through the likelihood of the petition being allowed to actually go anywhere since the constitution and Supreme Court rulings would probably already indicate that there effort is wasted.
I do fight for people's right to express themselves. I'll also allow them to stand up and look like idiots when they are saying something illogical and stupid.
If I wanted to draft a petition to make people allow troops to be housed in their homes it would be equally stupid because there is an amendment protecting people from such things.
That's all I was trying to say about this particular petition.