Violence Begets Violence: Condemning the Acts in Charlottesville
In the past, I have iterated on my blog about the right to peaceful assembly, and how violent assembly is an act that is contemptible and condemned in our Constitution. After the events that took place in Charlottesville—and since then, in other cities around the country—I would like to once again bring this conversation forward.
From the Bill of Rights, First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States:
“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.”
What happened in Charlottesville, including the death of an innocent woman through an extremely violent act, was abominable. Americans must understand that it is their God-given right to a peaceful protest. Once that peace is thrown out the window, they must be severely reprimanded for any violent actions that occur on their behalf, especially if those violent actions include the death of another human’s life.
You have the right to your voice—use it! And know that when you act violently, your government, local law enforcement, media, friends and family will respect neither you nor your views. You forfeit that privilege.
You may not believe that the pen and your voice are mightier than the sword, but history repeatedly shows they are—and always will be. It worked in 1787 when we ratified a new government. And it works today, when law enforcement and government officials abide by, consult, and argue the meaning of the Constitution.
Whatever the color of your skin, your gender, your political beliefs, your ideals—respect what was given to you when you were born in this great country, honored you when you became a citizen, or simply helped you because you hoped to find a better life here, by not sinking low with violence and crime.