Privileges and Immunities

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    I am continuing my research on the Fourteenth Amendment and am re-reading Raoul Berger and the Debates of the 39th Congress. Question: I understand Civil Rights as basically “Life, Liberty and Property” and as as B. Washington stated in Corfield v Coryell, but what constitutes political rights? I know the right to vote is a political right but what about the right to own a firearm ? Political or Civil? If it is a Civil right then it would be covered, if not, the police powers of a state can regulate their use.


    I hate the 14th amendment. Rights are derived from owning property. The 14th amendment removes the right to life, liberty, and property, because it names me a subject to the state. That doesn’t sit too well with me because I am the sole owner of my body.

    I don’t know what political rights are, but it doesn’t sound good. I categorize the right to vote to fall under the right to liberty. I have the sole power to command myself on what I can do.

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