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A closer look at the first two amendments to the Constitution

Bill of RightsSome recent events have made it an opportune time to take another look at the first two amendments to the Constitution.
Let's begin with the First Amendment. The First Amendment to the Constitution covers a great deal in very few words. Specifically it 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."
If there is one word that is the most significant among the 44 words that comprise the amendment it is the word "Congress." The amendment is intended to prevent "Congress," and by Congress meaning the government, from enacting laws that would violate an individual's right to practice his or her religion or exercise his or her right to free speech, a free press, assembling peaceably, or petitioning the government.

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School teacher escaped Vegas shooting

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Las Vegas shootingSterlind Burke Jr. said he can still hear the gunshots.

On the night of Oct. 1, Burke and his wife, residents of Odenton in Anne Arundel County, were enjoying their third night of a long-awaited trip to Las Vegas, attending the Jason Aldean concert, when they heard a loud “bang” that seemed to come from the stage.

Burke turned to his wife, who he did not wish to name, and told her he thought the sound was from a firework. When the sound repeated several more times in quick succession, Burke and his wife realized they were hearing gunshots.

Eleven days after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, where a gunman killed 58 people and injured 489 others at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Burke said he has trouble sleeping and can still hear the gunshots ring in his head.

“I'm still hearing gunshots in my head on a constant basis,” Burke said.

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