All right class, listen up. In the state that gave birth to the American Revolution, residents of Lowell, Massachusetts face a wrongheaded new requirement for obtaining unrestricted right-to-carry gun permits by having to submit a written "essay" to the chief of police that explains why they want that particular constitutional right. Residents are also required to pay up to $1,100 for firearms training in order to obtain their permits.

Lowell's Police Chief William Taylor actually brought this rebellious essay idea to the city council, where it was ultimately approved, and what's more, the Lowell City Council thinks this is a terrific idea!

So class, your assignment is to write an essay on what civil liberties and rights have been overhauled since the start of the gun control movement. Tomorrow, we'll take a broader look at how many constitutional freedoms have we lost. You'll be asked to explain the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights - the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provide a scorecard on the extent of the loss of each right. You're excused for the day.