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Should rallying be legal?

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Started: 2/8/2017 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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I do not believe that people should be able to rally for their beliefs. Rallies are only destructive and do not actually do anything productive for the issue. That being said rallies should be illegal and participants should be arrested.


We have to remember what the definition of rallying is, along with what amendment it's protected by to answer that. Rallying is defined as: "a mass meeting of people making a political protest or showing support for a cause."

The first amendment states "...right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Meaning it wouldn't be possible to make "rallying" illegal. I believe the word you're looking for is "rioting".

Rioting is defined as: "take part in a violent public disturbance"

Making rallying illegal would be unconstitutional.
Debate Round No. 1


You are right. I may have mixed up "rioting" and "rallying". Maybe I should revise the question. Should the modern day rally be legal? And what I mean by "modern day rally" is rioting that an average liberal would consider a rally. For example, the Anti-Trump Rally. And yes Fox News did call it "Anti-Trump Rally", when in my opinion it is a riot.


The line is fine, but there is a definite line. No "rally" can be made illegal, nor can participants be charged with anything, as long as the "rally" is done properly and follow guidelines to perform one successfully. There are still laws and rules that need to be followed. The "modern day rally" is a rally regardless of organization and clarity. The "modern day rally" you're referring to is really just a riot, so its not a rally at all.

Disguising a riot with terms that include the word rally (ex: "modern day rally"), leads the general public to believing they are one in the same. Rallies should not be made illegal, mainly due to the fact that they can not (refer to the 1st amendment)

Rhetoric aside, a rally is a rally; protected by the first amendment. Censoring the power to assemble peacefully brings about a whole different can of worms. A chain reaction that leads to nothing positive.
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Posted by BAM1979 1 year ago
Well, 'rallying' isn't 'rioting' and since rioting typically involves the destruction of private property, then it already is illegal, of course.
Posted by jgoldberg 1 year ago
@sboss18 : A mass meeting of people making a political protest or showing support for a cause.
Posted by sboss18 1 year ago
Define "rallying".
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