It was very interesting to see the discussion on the previous post about vaccines. We all come down in different ways on the issues involved.
So here's one near and dear to me. The "right to keep and bear arms".
This week I had jury duty and so I had to go to the courthouse and much like the airport, was searched as I entered. I was deprived of my right to "keep and bear arms", not only in the courthouse, but on my walk there and back home.
Meanwhile every police officer, deputy, bailiff, etc. were armed. Why am I deprived of my rights when they are not? What makes them more trustworthy than me?
Yet I have to report for jury duty or be held in contempt. I had to submit to search or I could not report for jury duty. I had to travel to the courthouse and I couldn't just leave my gun with the Clerk of Court (although that is not a bad idea). You could argue I chose to submit, because choosing to not submit would have eventually, sooner (if I had not disarmed) or later (if I had not reported for duty) led to men with guns enforcing the rules to their logical end.
Even in other situations, I can be limited by a shop owner who posts a sign saying no guns. I can leave it in the car or choose to shop elsewhere, but what right does anyone have to infringe on my right? Where is that in the social contract?
The public library is posted. If they posted a sign saying "No gays", how would that work out?
I am a persecuted minority.