Welcome back to the third installment of the Know Your Rights series. This week we will be looking into the third amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Third Amendment isn’t one that gets a lot of media attention, nor does it seem like it is a real problem in our day to day lives, but it is very important.
The Third Amendment states that; “No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.” The act of quartering soldiers in the homes of private residents was a big problem in Colonial America. During the French and Indian War, Britain had seized private dwellings for their troops to stay in. Some countries today still allow this practice, but we do not think of it as much of a threat to our daily lives here in America.
Perhaps we should. Following Hurricane Katrina, just about every right was violated. This one included. In a report from ABC News on the illegal gun confiscation that went on (breaking second amendment rights,) they note that some troops had set up their base camp in a private church, without permission.
The third amendment is a violation of rights – many rights. It violates privacy, freedom, and property and cannot be taken lightly. Know your rights to protect your rights.