Bill of Rights were designed to protect the people, not the government
By Kevin Price
January 22, 2011
Thomas Jefferson argued that “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” To me, this important quote (from his Monticello Papers) sets the stage for the ideas behind the Bill of Rights, which are the first ten amendments of the US Constitution.
These amendments were not an after thought to make the Constitution better, but became a line in the sand in the eyes of those who feared that government did not have sufficient limits placed on it in then newly developed Constitution. The events that led to their inclusion were driven by Virginia delegate George Mason. Simply put, without the ratification of the Bill of Rights, there would be no ratification of the Constitution.
The Bill of Rights, in simple English: