Shouting FIRE in a Crowded Theater

Joe Biden is quoted, with specific reference to the 2nd Amendment, as saying, “No amendment to the Constitution is absolute. You can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theater and call it freedom of speech.”

Uncle Joe’s distorted rhetoric is meant to confuse and the media, the, so-called, “guardians of the truth,” sit and nod obediently.

I’m sure you’ve heard the old “fire in a crowded theater” meme, and like me, never completely understood, or knew, the context. Let’s unpack it.

This phrase might be one of the most misquoted lines from a US Supreme Court decision. It might be on par with the scared “Separation of Church and State” argument that occurs nowhere but in a private communication.

The origin of the “fire in a crowded theater” phrase goes back to part of a SCOTUS decision written by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. Here’s the full context:

The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing panic.”

One understands, however, the absolute imperative to shout “fire” in a theater when there is a fire to protect the natural right to life of those inside the theater.

I have to wonder what message it is, exactly, that Joe Biden is trying to convey other than to confuse and obfuscate.

A 1777 quote from William Knox, the British undersecretary of state for the American colonies, informs, “…the Arms of all the People should be taken away, and every piece of Ordnance removed into the King’s Store, nor should any foundry of manufactory of Arms, Gunpowder, or Warlike Stores, be even suffered in America.” Think about that.

In other words, to control the people it is needed to remove every vestige of the ability for the people to self-protect. While undersecretary Knox did not attempt to couch his words when suggesting the restriction to all access to firearms in toto, such an idea doesn’t go over too well today in America, so our politicians are attempting to do it piece-meal. Today it’s ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, tomorrow it will be AR-15’s, and after that it will be semi-auto handguns.

Eventually our natural right to “keep and bear” arms will be reduced to muskets, after all, isn’t that what the Founders were thinking when they wrote the 2nd Amendment? The same thing is happening with the 1st Amendment. There were no computers or smart devices, and no Internet, when the Founders wrote the 1st Amendment, so they were not suggesting freedom of speech in our age of technology. It makes it too easy to spread ideas our rulers fear. Only geniuses like Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, in collaboration with the politi-class should have access to such mass media influence.

Has Mr. Biden found the equivalent of William Knox to forward his tyrannical ideas. Some think so in the person of ATF Director David Chipman, who thinks that the government would do well to “arrest people before committing crimes rather than responding after the fact.” Do these clowns ever have any original ideas? Prolific Sci-Fi author, Philip K Dick, predicted that advancement in criminology in his 1956 short story, “The Minority Report,” turned into a successful offering on the wide-screen with Tom Cruise.

Mr. Chipman has the distinction of being on the wrong side of liberty and being at odds with America’s founding principles when he worked for, and advocated, for ‘a complete ban on the possession of handguns,’ consequently ruled unconstitutional in the SCOTUS landmark “DC v. Heller” verdict. A guy like this leading the ATF could well give us more Ruby Ridges and Wacos.

Change My Mind.

(Some of the information above can found in an Alex Ayers article in the Jun 2021 edition of The AMAC Magazine, entitled: “The Dangers of Biden’s Go-It-Alone Gun Control Policy.”)

Published by Paul J DiBartolo

I'm the Most Rational Man in the World.

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