Tuesday, May 25, 2010
2nd Amendment: Freedom To Wear A Sundress
A friend recently commented that her two daughters (Freshman and a Senior) asked about some constitutional issues. The first daughter asked what was in the 2nd Amendment...the parents both said they were not exactly sure. The other daughter then said, "As Christians, shouldn't we know the 10 Amendments?" I told them the 2nd Amendment gave me the right to wear a sundress. It did, I have the right to BARE ARMS!
She has a point....well except the whole number issue!
Here's a peak...you look up the longer version if you, like me, have not read them since someone threatened you with a test over them in school!
YOU HAVE THE FREEDOM TO STILL LOOK THESE UP YOU KNOW!
The US Constitution, recognized as the supreme and basic law upon which the framework of the US government is set, has been amended 27 times over the past 200 years. The first 10 amendments are collectively known as the 'Bill of Rights' and the other 17 are the subsequent amendments. Here's a detailed list of the 27 amendments to the US Constitution
There are twenty seven amendments (changes) to the US Constitution. One of them (the 21st) is simply the repeal of a different one (the 18th, prohibition).
Amendment I [Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, Petition (1791)]
Amendment II [Right to Bear Arms (1791)]
Amendment III [Quartering of Troops (1791)]
Amendment IV [Search and Seizure (1791)]
Amendment V [Grand Jury, Double Jeopardy, Self-Incrimination, Due Process (1791)]
Amendment VI [Criminal Prosecutions - Jury Trial, Right to Confront and to Counsel (1791)]
Amendment VII [Common Law Suits - Jury Trial (1791)]
Amendment VIII [Excess Bail or Fines, Cruel and Unusual Punishment (1791)]
Amendment IX [Non-Enumerated Rights (1791)]
Amendment X [Rights Reserved to States (1791)]
Amendment XI [Suits Against a State (1795)]
Amendment XII [Election of President and Vice-President (1804)]
Amendment XIII [Abolition of Slavery (1865)]
Amendment XIV [Privileges and Immunities, Due Process, Equal Protection, Apportionment of Representatives, Civil War Disqualification and Debt (1868)]
Amendment XV [Rights Not to Be Denied on Account of Race (1870)]
Amendment XVI [Income Tax (1913)]
Amendment XVII [Election of Senators (1913)
Amendment XVIII [Prohibition (1919)]
Amendment XIX [Women's Right to Vote (1920)
Amendment XX [Presidential Term and Succession (1933)]
Amendment XXI [Repeal of Prohibition (1933)]
Amendment XXII [Two Term Limit on President (1951)]
Amendment XXIII [Presidential Vote in D.C. (1961)]
Amendment XXIV [Poll Tax (1964)]
Amendment XXV [Presidential Succession (1967)]
Amendment XXVI [Right to Vote at Age 18 (1971)]
Amendment XXVII [Compensation of Members of Congress (1992)]
The amendments that were proposed but were not ratified are Article 1 of the original Bill of Rights, Child Labor Amendment, District of Columbia Voting Rights Amendment, the Equal Rights Amendment, the Corwin Amendment, the Titles of Nobility Amendment. Of the 27 amendments to the US constitution, only 26 amendments are in effect as the 21st amendment repeals the 18th amendment.
THERE.......Don't you feel smarter!