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Transcript of Amendments 2-4
These 3 amendments reflect the experience of the American colonies under British rule.
2nd Amendment : The Right to Bear Arms
During colonial times, Great Britain had used a permanent, army to keep order in the colonies.
After winning their independence, Americans were suspicious of standing armies.
Does it protect an individual's right to own weapons?
Do you interpret the 2nd amendment as the right for militaries to have guns, or as the right for individual people to own guns?
Before the American Revolution, Great Britain had forced colonists to house British soldiers. The Third Amendment gave Americans the right to refuse such requests.
Not used today, but still remains as a warning to the government to respect the privacy of people's homes.
If you could change the third amendment to make it more relevant to today, what would it say?
4th Amendment: Right of search and seizure regulated
"Search and seizure:" forcibly searching and taking control of a person or property.
Before arresting a person or searching someone’s home, police must show a judge that there is good reason for such action. The judge then issues a
that says exactly who will be arrested or what will be searched.
In order to search you, the police must have a strong reason to do so.
Do you agree that the police must have a warrant before arresting someone or taking property? Explain.