Some information to help you with the bill
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  • 1. SOME INFORMATION TO HELPYOU WITH THE BILL OF RIGHTSSOME PEOPLE EXPRESSED CONFUSION ON SOME OF THE AMENDMENTS
  • 2. FIRST AMENDMENT• Most people said they felt this was the most important• The different freedoms allowed from this Amendment are important • The right to assemble means it is OK for you to get a group of people together to talk, discuss, protest or other things as long as it is peaceful and no one is hurt • The freedom of speech means you can say what you think unless it threatens someone else’s freedoms (ex. hate speech is not a freedom)
  • 3. SECOND AMENDMENT• The Right To Bear Arms • This means that even though we have a military, people are allowed to possess weapons for their personal protection • This Amendment does have limits and there are certain things the average citizen cannot legally own or possess
  • 4. THIRD AMENDMENT• No one can be forced to allow a soldier to live with them • When the Constitution was written it was during a time where it was no uncommon for soldiers to live with ordinary citizens. Basically the people would be told “this soldier now lives with you”. • Because of this Amendment, this cannot happen without the homeowners approval and agreement
  • 5. SEVENTH AMENDMENT• The right to a jury trial in a civil case • This Amendment means when you are suing someone (or a business) you have the right to have a jury of ordinary citizens decide the case • It is not limited just to criminal cases
  • 6. NINTH AMENDMENT• Protection of rights not specifically enumerated in the Constitution • This means that just because the Constitution doesn’t list every right that you don’t have that right • An example: The Constitution does not say everyone has a right to be safe on the job but yet, that is a right established through other laws and rules
  • 7. TENTH AMENDMENT• States rights • Basically that unless the Constitution says that something is decided by the Federal Government, it is a State by State decision or left to the people to decide • Example: State sales tax, the death penalty, driving laws regarding age when you can drive and how you get your license.