Today's JPFO Alert notes that the right to free speech would not be of much use without the right to an effective means of defending it.
And so it is with all rights. The Constitution of the United States, as brilliant a document as it is, does not,cannot defend the rights it guarantees all by itself. The pen may indeed be mightier than the sword, but the sword is a great deal more effective for hacking people to death. One retains only the rights one can defend.