Summary: This article is a First Amendment issue about restricting “impromptu” press access to Senators in the halls of Capitol Hill. The article points out that this new interpretation of existing rules comes in the context of the administration labeling the press as “enemies of the people.” Opinion: This article is my number one ranked article in terms of its impact on society because it represents a potential contraction of the First Amendment. For a functioning democracy to remain democratic an independent press plays a vital role in keeping the government from slipping into an authoritarian state. We only have to look at the press’s role in the authoritarian states around the world, whether it be the complete absence of an independent media in North Korea or a Russian press that operates in fear of persecution to see the writing on the wall, so to speak. The media can be a pain in the neck for all government officials, and they sometimes get things wrong, but the alternative: state run media, severely restricted media, or no media at all is frightening.
Summary: A Bill was passed in North Carolina after the shooting of Congressman Scalise. Its key feature is that it would lower the concealed weapon age from 21 to 18. Also, perspective gun owners would not have to go through the current required eight hours of training. Opinion: This is a Second Amendment issue that I would rank number two in terms of societal impact. I feel this expansion of the Second Amendment, especially without training, is a threat to society because many 18 year-olds lack the responsibility and know how to be carrying concealed weapons.
Summary: In this case 10 students had their Harvard acceptances rescinded because of obscene posts on Facebook. The students allegedly set up two group chats where text and memes that were racist, anti-Semitic, and made light of pedophilia were exchanged. Opinion: Of the three articles I would rank this last in terms of its impact on society. I feel this is neither an expansion nor contraction of the First Amendment, but rather a lesson in realizing that with freedoms come responsibility. If I made racist comments etc. at work I would expect to be fired. As a current Harvard student put it:"You have your First Amendment rights. But when you apply, you sign an honor code to be good and virtuous. Why would we want to have those people in our class?"