the bill of rights Essay

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“A Bill of Rights are what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse or rest on interference.” -Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States of America. As Jefferson says the Bill of rights was created to protect and obtain the rights of American people and prevent our rights from being violated by the government. In present time some of our rights are being bended and molded by the government to seem as though they are not being violated when they really are.

The First Amendment (I) of the United States of America’s Bill of Rights: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” In all this Amendment gives the U.S. people the right to to not have religion forced upon us. And that we also have the freedom of speech as well as freedom of press. In my opinion this amendment is the important of all. What is freedom when we are told what to believe in? What to say? Or what to write about in our own words? those things are what separates people from everyone else, it gets about as close as you can get to defining who we are as people. Amendment I gives us the right to choose our beliefs, our words, and our thoughts in print.

The Second (II) Amendment of the United States of America’s Bill of Rights: “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 gives U.S. citizens the right to own, purchase and use firearms on their own expense. “The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights declares a well-regulated militia as being necessary to the security of a free State and prohibits infringement of the right of the people to keep and bear arms,” (Yahoo Answers). That statement means that us as citizens of the United States deserve to be able to protect ourselves with firearms from any kind of danger. There doesn't necessarily have to be a shot fired but the gun may also be used as an intimidation tool. Myself, being from colorado this topic is very hard to be on one side or the other. Colorado being the destination spot of major shooting incidents such as Columbine High School (20 April, 1999; 15 people murdered), Chuck E Cheese (1993; 4 people murdered), Century 16 Batman shooting (20 July, 2012; 12 killed, 50 injured), Arapahoe High School (13 December, 2013; 1 student killed). But Banning guns will not prevent these incidents in fact it may make the rates go down. No person with the right mind is going to go and shoot up wherever knowing that the chances someone has a gun on their person is very high, they might as well shoot up a police station. As you can tell I am firmly pro Amendment II; I believe that we should be able to protect ourselves from harm in any way possible, granted the reason is very serious. And banning guns won't fix anything, if someone really wants a gun they will find a way to get it. Going off that its not the gun that kills people its the person who shoots and kills with the gun’s fault. In my opinion the government likes to try and convince the people that guns are the reason and they attempt to bend and twist this amendment as far as they can without breaking it, in a way the government is using a form of propaganda to convince U.S. people of untruthful things.

The Eighth (VIII) Amendment of the United States of America’s Bill of Rights: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” This Amendment protects law breaking U.S. people from being forced to pay bills and fines that are equivalent to the crime…