« Last post by kathyp on October 21, 2016, 05:40:01 PM »
You have a right...No, all the things you listed are privileges given by states and licenced to bring money into states. Your real rights are protected, not given, by the constitution. By definition, a right requires no permission.
Following your line of logic, you could be required to be licenced to speak publicly or post on the internet. You could be required to register the type of church you choose to attend, or secure prior permission to attend group activities. We all know of people and places that are up to no good, and for the order of society and the safety of the people, it makes sense to have a better idea of what people are up to.
Freedom is messy and sometimes dangerous business. The other option is for the government to keep everyone safe by controlling everything. They can do a pretty good job of it. You didn't have a lot of riots, shootings, etc. in E. Germany, the USSR, or even Communist China. When something like that did happen, like the mass killing by knife in China, the government is there to swoop in and make sure it doesn't happen again...although the methods they use are a bit harsh...but hey, everyone ends up safe.