All too often basic Constitutional rights are taken for granted by the Americans who hold them. These include the right to bear arms, run for office, and even vote. To most, these are simply a part of what it means to be an American citizen. After all, they are guaranteed by the Constitution. Right?
For most, this statement would be correct. For most Americans the right to own a firearm, run for president, or vote for their state senator are protected. But for a growing class in America, these very rights have been stripped from them. They have been restricted because of a criminal conviction.