SOME INFORMATION TO HELPYOU WITH THE BILL OF RIGHTSSOME PEOPLE EXPRESSED CONFUSION ON SOME OF THE AMENDMENTS
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)
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
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
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
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
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.