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Why is the Third Amendment important?

Posted by Sara Cooper | Aug 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Third Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: “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.”

This means that the government cannot force you to house troops without permissions. It was originally intended for support of the Revolutionary Wars, when colonies were enforced to accommodate British troops, leading into complete prevention for the establishment of the United States.

Well three years ago, Trump had proposed with tension that he could get the Insurrection Act of 1807 enacted again as a step to deploy American soldiers and the National Guard to relieve “non-civil actions.”

 4,500 troops were deployed in Washington D.C., but the DC mayor had called them to be removed from the capital.

According to Business Insider, roughly 75,000 National Guard troops have been "activated." Apparently 32,400 of these are directly tasked with assisting law authorities to "protect life, and preserve property, peace, and public safety."

Different thoughts on how this law can make a Third Amendment a necessary right again were sprawled in both online and offline spaces.

According to High Snobiety, some had said that it is not the mayor but hospitality owners to have the power on deciding to accommodate troops, but hotels have not been declared if whether or not they are classified as homes.

The Third Amendment was not used at the end of it all, but using personal homes for military encampments would be the last choice to make. A lot would have to happen in order to make that a possibility fortunately.

With protests that were occurring at the time, the priority to have the military supplied, protected, and housed really shows how much the country cares for its people, especially for those that do not have a home.

Our rights saying they are a guarantee almost feels foolish to confidently say, but we must put into account that ensuring our knowledge of the amendments we have protection under should be seen as crucial.

Let us hope that the Third Amendment is one we have to reconsider, and that our current and future leaders do not oversee the military as protectors we must abide for instead of our neighbors that might not have the same liberties.

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