The right to free speech and the right to bear arms are two guaranteed rights of U.S. citizens. The First and Second Amendments of the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments of the U.S. Constitution, protect these freedoms.
The result of increased calls for the protection of individual liberties and other basic rights under the Bill of Rights include freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, the right to a fair and speedy trial by an impartial jury and the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. Enacted in 1791, the fourth president, James Madison, authored the Bill of Rights, and he was also instrumental in drafting the rest of the Constitution.Learn More
Domestic tranquility literally means "peace at home." This phrase appears in the preamble to the U.S. Constitution as a quality to be promoted and a reason for the very establishment of the Constitution.Full Answer >
As of December 2014, only 27 constitutional amendments exist, though many different versions of a 28th Amendment have been suggested. At different times, overwhelming majorities in several states have passed their own versions of the 28th Amendment, but none have been ratified.Full Answer >
"In order to form a more perfect union" is a direct quote from the preamble of the U.S. Constitution that helps establish the purpose of the document. Prior to its independence, the United States was still a union of states, but "in order to form a more perfect union," the Constitution was created.Full Answer >
Before life, liberty or property can be taken away by the state, an individual has to be afforded the protection of due process of law. The Fifth and 14th Amendments safeguard fair legal process prior to any taking, according to Cornell University Law School.Full Answer >