December 15 is National Bill of Rights Day.
Virginia’s Declaration of Rights was drawn upon by Thomas Jefferson for the opening paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence. It was widely copied by the other colonies and became the basis of the Bill of Rights.
The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution reserves powers not given to the government to the states or to the people. The reversal of Roe v. Wade, a right not listed in the Constitution that was carved out by the Supreme Court, is an example of powers belonging to the states.
The rights of individuals outlined in the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution were also part of the Declaration of Rights created for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Third Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the government from quartering troops in private homes during peacetime, and in a manner prescribed by law during a time of war.
In Miranda v. Arizona, the Supreme Court held that the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution extends to police interrogations.
Article III Section 2 of the US Constitution guarantees everyone to trial by jury.
The Constitution does not require that the Speaker of the House of Representatives be a member of the House.
The Second Amendment links the right to bear arms and “the security of a free state.”
Roughly 3 in 10 Americans own at least 1 firearm.