Essay on Is The Domestic Violence Exception?

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Is the “domestic violence exception” valid?
As human beings, we are endowed with inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. However, while this statement is pleasing to the ear, when applied to real-life situations, it becomes unclear as to what actions are allowed to be taken in order to preserve such ‘inalienable rights’. This problem stems from the assumption that all rights are universal. Yet, there is the need for specific rights which vary among different nations because people, culture and societal norms are not universal. Edmund Burke defines rights as “an entailed inheritance derived to us from our forefathers and to be transmitted to our posterity--...belonging to the people of this kingdom without any reference whatever to any other more general or prior right” (Burke, 13). A person’s rights should be based off the country they reside in. On these grounds, the US Constitution and Bill of Rights were established by the people of America, for the people in order to clearly articulate our rights. Being as how the United States Constitution has declared the basic rights of all citizens, any additional law that violates these basic rights should be considered invalid on the basis of being unconstitutional. Therefore, the “domestic violence exception” in South Carolina that declares the Stand Your Ground protections do not apply to domestic violence victims, under no circumstance, need not exist since it contradicts the rights set within the…

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