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Bill Of Rights Essay

1694 words - 7 pages

The Founding Fathers demanded a “bill of rights” that would protect the people

from the government. Therefore the bill of rights was added to the Constitution to make

sure we had certain liberties that other countries do not give their citizens. This bill of

right would make sure that the new government would not treat citizens like the old

Government. So the bill of rights was the name given to the first ten amendments of the

United States Constitution. These amendments guarantee a number of personal freedom,

limit the government’s power in judicial and other proceedings, and reserve some powers

to the state and the public.

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The Second Amendment, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the

security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be

infringed. This amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms. The second

amendment is very controversial because some people want more laws to prevent people

from owning guns. Some people believe that this will prevent shootings and keep

criminals and people with mental issues from getting guns. Other people believe that

having guns is a good source of protection. In my opinion, I believe it is okay to own a

gun but I do not think everyone should have one because there are a lot of sick people in

this world. I also believe the government should make it a little harder for people to own

guns and they should run a stricter background check on those who want to own guns.

The Third Amendment is also very important because it protects private

homeowners from having the military take over their property to house soldiers. This

amendment was added to the Constitution as part of the Bill of Rights on December 15,

1791.The Third amendment states the following, “No Soldier shall, in time of peace be

quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a

manner to be prescribed by law. This amendment restricts the housing of soldiers in

private homes, in response to Quartering Acts passed by the British parliament during the

Revolutionary War. 

The Fourth Amendment, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons,

houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be

violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or

affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or

things to be seized.” This amendment is extremely important because it protects by

making sure that the police doesn’t search you or your house without a warrant or

probable cause. This amendment came about because of the actions of British Tax

collectors that would use general warrants to enter and search any house they wanted

without needing evidence of offense. Our Founding Fathers wanted to protect people

from this sort of invasion of privacy from the government. 

The Fifth Amendment, “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or

otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except

in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in

time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be

twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a

witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process

of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just...

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