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Thomas Kutterer

Thomas Kutterer
Block 2
1 March, 2016
Freedom of Speech
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep
to slaughter. (George Washington). Freedom of speech is protected by the First Amendment.
Can it be taken away without people noticing? What does the government do to slowly take it
away? Countries around the world, for example, North Korea is restricted on freedom of speech.
Can this spread closer to the USA? Society needs to protect the First Amendment so that the
people control the government and the government doesnt control the people.
The First Amendment is there to protect our freedoms. Not only does it protect freedom
of speech, but it protects freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition. At
Yale University, a filmmaker, Ami Horowitz asked students if theyd sign a petition calling to
repeal the First Amendment. The result was this unbelievable display of total stupidity
(Horowitz). Many students were willing to sign a petition to get rid of their rights of free speech,
religion, assembly, and the right to petition. Whats ironic is that they signed a petition to throw
away being able to petition. The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion,
expression, assembly, and the right to petition. (Cornell University).
The government is here to keep our rights safe, and to keep peace between the US and
foreign countries. They should not be allowed to tell us what to say, believe, or express. They are

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here to keep us safe, and protect the rights that we love. Gun control is a new problem introduced
to the U.S. Gun control is not gun control, its people control. This is another way that the
government will end up running the people, not the people running the government. What else
will they take once they take away our physical protection? Soon enough they will restrict our
other freedoms. We need society to realize what they are losing. The government, will take away
rights, but give us something we want in return. Many of our rights have already been lost. We
do not realize that we have lost them because the government has distracted us with new laws
that we believe are helping us.
Although, the rights that we lose bring up new laws that keep us safe. Many new laws
that have been brought into the U.S. is to create a safer world for the people. The Media can
strangle the truth. Heres a nation, one of the founding pillars was freedom of speech and
freedom of expression. And yet, we have imposed upon people restrictions on what they can say,
on what they can think. And the media is the largest proponent of this, crucifying people who say
things really quite innocently. (Carson). The media has limited what we are able to say. The
government and the media are two enormous reasons for us losing our freedom of speech,
expression, religion, and right to petition.
We should be working to protect our rights and work to make our nation better. Freedom
of speech is not only protected by the First Amendment, but protected by the people. We should
be on guard and watching it at all times. Dont let the government and the media trick you.
Society should not be led like sheep. The First Amendment holds our rights to freedom of
speech, expression, religion, and right to petition, it is valuable to have, lets not lose it.

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