dumbing it down – I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Congress CANNOT legally make laws affecting:
Freedom of speech
Freedom of press
Petitioning the FedGov for redress of grievances
Note: The President and the Supreme Court do not have the power to make law.
Notice there is no provision for the audience’s response?
There can be no federal law limiting what you say; even if someone else doesn’t like it.
There can be no federal law limiting what you write; even if someone else doesn’t like it.
Racist statements are legal.
Sexist statements are legal.
Hate speech is legal.
Now, some practical application
Sample news headline: Armed homophobes assault an unarmed gay man.
- Being armed is legal.
Being homophobic is legal.
Being unarmed is legal.
Being gay is legal.
Assaulting someone is not legal.
The same news headline without the sensationalism: Men assault man.
It is permitted for citizens of this country to wear camouflage get together and run around in the woods with guns.
You own the clothes and the guns and the woods or have permission from the owner to use them.
peaceful assembly is allowed.
Note: do not equate the phrase ‘use a gun’ with ‘fire a gun’. If firing a gun was it’s only purpose there would be no need for a trigger mechanism.