The Founding Fathers and the First Amendment

Patrick Henry didn’t like the U.S. Constitution. He spoke out forcefully against its adoption in the Virginia Constitutional Convention. He spoke nearly every day –18 of the 23 days of the Convention, arguing against its adoption. Why didn’t he like it, you ask? It wasn’t because he was not a true patriot. He was known as America’s first patriot.

He didn’t like it because he thought it didn’t protect the citizens as well as it should. He thought America would descend into a monarchy just like Great Britain unless it provided more written proofs of the citizens’ rights.

When James Madison finally agreed that he would return to Congress and press for a Bill of Rights, Henry agreed to be a peaceable citizen and would lend his approval. So the Constitution passed in Virginia.

Madison, true to his word, soon introduced 12 new Amendments to the Constitution. Ten were approved by the States and are known as the “Bill of Rights.”

Patrick Henry is quoted as saying: “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force (and that’s why we have the right to bear arms). Whenever you give up that right, you are ruined.”

So be careful when you hear about new gun laws!

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