I am always seeing this, "That is my Constitutional Right!"
Whether it means owning guns, writing an article or even talking to people every United States Citizen knows they have a Constitutionally protected right to say, write or own just about whatever they want. But when does responsibility come into play?
Sure, we have a Constitutional right to scream, "Bomb!" while on an airplane but shouldn't we take responsibility for the repercussions of our action and the ensuing chaos it would create?
The same goes for writing, we do it here everyday. From calling people names to generalizing in a way that could be misconstrued as libel. Do we have the Constitutional right to write whatever we want? Sure. But we also carry with that a responsibility. Just look at what is happening to people who get caught being cyber-bullies.
And now we come to my favorite, gun ownership. This has been the hot topic of debates recently with the mass shootings that occured last year. Of course as an American citizen I have the right to purchase, own and store weapons. But let's say that someone who is a known drug abuser or who has a severe mental illness wants to own a gun for unknown reasons. Don't we have a responsibility to ensure that people who own guns are responsible and clear minded enough to do so or does that persons Constitutional rights trump responsibility? And what happens if that person goes out and does some serious damage with that weapon? Do you only carry the responsibility after the fact or should something have been done before hand (even though the person has a Constitutional right to bear arms)?
What are your opinions?