Can the government restrict where a peaceable assembly occurs? They are many peaceable assemblies that have gone good and have gone bad. Good things that have come from assemblies is that people get their freedom and mobility as a citizen. A con that could come from this is that people may abuse these rights in violent acts. That government and the states have tried to restrict some freedoms of speech and assembly  to protect certain people. In 2000 Colorado had a law that people could have a “floating bubble” which protected the right for people to assemble in front of a clinic by making people stand back from a patient 8 feet. Because the “bubble” this had shown clearly where patients and assemblies stood and you could not cross that line. This was didn’t restrict people’s rights because wherever they were they had to stay 8 feet away. Also in 2007 Massachusetts upheld a buffer zone for people going to a clinic, and the supreme court came in and said, bruh, you can’t do that. This restricted people’s rights more that in Colorado because in this case no matter where the people attending the clinic were the people gathering outside at a set line they could not cross. Both of these cases had to do with the first amendment because it was challenging people’s right to peaceable assembly and speech. If we start to have set zones for people to protest, it would be going against everybody’s rights and the socially people would not be able to get there point across which would be going against people’s right to speech.


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