There is always the risk of constitutional freedoms being abused. Take the second amendment rights in the United States, for instance. Thanks to the second amendment, Americans have the freedom to buy and bear weapons. But we have often seen people taking those freedoms to ridiculous levels: like where people with mental disorders demand to be sold weapons, citing the second amendment freedoms! And this shows that people have potential to abuse their constitutional freedoms. Thus, the question that arises is as to how we can prevent that from happening: in other words, how we can ensure that constitutional freedoms aren’t abused. And according to the experts who have expressed themselves on this subject, there are 3 key things we can do, to ensure that constitutional freedoms aren’t abused, namely:
- Setting clear limits to the freedoms: sometimes, it is hard (for the citizens) to know just how far the freedoms go. This gives the people the impression that their freedoms are unfettered. And that is how you end up with the people abusing the freedoms. To avoid this, it is necessary to set clear limits to the freedoms – delineating the extents to which the people can enjoy the freedoms. Everyone should be in a position to know where his freedoms start and where his freedoms end.
- Educating people on the limits to their freedoms: setting clear limits to the freedoms is one thing. Getting the people to know about those limits is another matter altogether. So having set clear limits to the freedoms, it is necessary to get people to know about those limits. And that is only possible through education: educating people on the limits to their freedoms. It is just like what we saw when Walmart set up the Walmart1 portal for its employees. It then had to educate the employees, in order to get them to a level where they could visit the Walmart1 login page, sign in, and proceed to access their work-related resources. It is similarly critical to ensure that having set the limits to the freedoms, you educate the public on those limits.
- Subjecting those who abuse their freedoms to court processes: the goal here is to ensure that the people who abuse their freedoms are punished for doing so. This is the only way we can get people to desist from abusing their constitutional freedoms.