Video: Visitors Leaving National Archives Mostly Clueless About Their First Amendment Rights

Matt Vespa
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Posted: Jul 31, 2015 3:45 PM
Video: Visitors Leaving National Archives Mostly Clueless About Their First Amendment Rights

The sun is shining. It’s a beautiful day to visit the National Archives, until MRCTV’s Dan Joseph jumps out of the bushes to ambush unsuspecting visitors leaving the building about their First Amendment rights:

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.

Okay. Joseph didn’t ambush people per se, but he did ask more than a few folks leaving the Archives if they could name the rights, which are protected by the First Amendment since they just left the building that holds the original copies of the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights.

Not surprisingly, many folks could name and list all the rights that are protected; more than a few thought it contained the right to bear arms. We all know that’s the second one. One person took a shot and said it guarantees the right to vote. Nope.

Joseph tries to persuade a woman to go back into the Archives and learn them. It was all in good fun, though the lady did say she didn’t want to get back in line again.