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The Bill of Rights are the ten amendments to the US Constitution that were passed shortly after the Constitution was ratified. They guarantee specific individual rights.

The amendments are listed below. The items that are generally considered most significant have been bolded:

  1. Speech, religion, and assembly
  2. Carry guns (there's a disagreement as to whether this right is specific to militias, or to individuals).
  3. Not be forced to house soldiers during peace time
  4. To be protected from being unreasonably searched. This is the amendment violated when police fail to obtain search warrants before conducting searches. This amendment has been broadly (and controversially) interpreted as a right to privacy that prevents the government from restraining any private behavior, and was the reasoning behind the Roe v Wade ruling that argued that there were only some abortions that society could vote to prohibit.
  5. Guarantees due process of the law before imprisonment, or confiscation of property without fair compensation. Also prohibits double jeopardy (being tried twice for the same crime), and allows a person to refuse to testify against himself. This is the source of the right to remain silent.
  6. Fair trial in criminal issues: speedy trial, impartial jury, right to an attorney, to confront witnesses, and to compel witnesses to testify.
  7. Trial by jury in common law issues
  8. No excessive bail, or cruel and unusual punishment. Some have argued that this should ban capital punishment (the death penalty), arguing that even though the authors of this amendment clearly did not have that intent, that our standards have changed enough that capital punishment meets today's standard of cruel and unusual.
  9. That the listing of certain individual rights should not be construed to deny individual rights that are not listed.
  10. Powers not appearing in the Constitution are retained by the states, or by the people.
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THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution

RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.:

ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

Amendment I

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.

Amendment II

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.

Amendment III

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.

Amendment IV

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.

Amendment V

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 compensation.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

tl;dr --

The Bill of Rights guarantees that:

1. You can have any type of belief you wish to have, so long as you don't hurt others.

2. People are allowed to have weaponry if they are qualified to.

3. As citizens, we are not required to allow soldiers to sleep in our houses.

4. You are entitled to privacy when it comes to your belongings and yourself.

5. You have the right to remain silent unless you are in court.

6. You have a right to a speedy and public trial.

7. If your trial cost is to exceed a certain amount of money, you have a right to be tried by a jury.

8. You can't be asked to pay excessive amounts of mine to bail out of jail, and you cannot be punished in a weird way (e.g. whipped, hanged)

9. The Constitution cannot be used to take away your rights.

10. If the Constitution did not have a certain specification for power (rules), then the people are responsible for figuring it out.

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To find those which are guaranteed by the Constitution, you could start with those in the Bill of Rights (the first 10 amendments). Those aren't the only ones, but the basic ones are enumerated there.

However, the real truth is that, under the Constitution, we are a government of the people, by the people, for the people. We are all responsible to help preserve those rights. The rule of law (the Constitution) has to prevail. If we let our basic rights go, by not supporting them and allowing them to be taken away, there is nothing that can guarantee them. Once they are gone, it is hard to get them back.

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Freedom of the Press, Freedom of speech, and Freedom of religion.

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The United States Constitution guarantees all the citizens freedom to express themselves and to associate with the others. It also guarantees to protect all the citizens.

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Freedom of the press or the right to trial by jury.

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money probality dont listen to me though

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