Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 19 Share on Twitter 1 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Life Arts    H4'ed 1/17/13

You can shout FIRE in a theater, if you shout AIM first.

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   4 comments
Message Brett Cottrell

(Image by Unknown Owner)   Details   DMCA

You can't shout "fire" in a crowded theater. Unless you yell "aim" first.

Okay, you can't falsely shout fire in a crowded theater, but the point remains that there are limits to our constitutional rights. Or at least most people think there should be. Just don't tell the National Rifle Association.

After lobbying by the NRA, some states, including Ohio , have legalized carrying concealed weapons in bars. Setting aside the absurd constitutional issue of an inviolable right to publicly bear arms while drunk, who thinks this is a good idea? The same people who think the answer to the problem of guns in school is more guns in school.

Justice Scalia -- an NRA stooge -- interprets the Second Amendment so bizarrely, he thinks it arguably protects any arms that you can carry. Grenades, rocket launchers, bazookas, Ted Nugent. Who knows?

To be fair, most of these weapons wouldn't allow a person to kill any more people than high powered assault rifles with high-magazine clips (with the possible exception of Ted Nugent, whose anger is measured in megatons). Still, to assume or imply that you have a right to bear these dangerous weapons is to betray your unfitness to do so!

It's a good thing that we don't have tactical, hand-held nuclear weapons. By Scalia's own logic, if they existed, we'd arguably have a right to bear them. Ahh, concealed tactical nukes in bars. The NRA can only hope.


Brett Cottrell

Funny 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Brett Cottrell Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Brett Cottrell studied political theory at Boise State and graduated from The George Washington University Law School. Academic wanderings aside, he's a native of Las Vegas, born and bred in Sin City. This explains a lot. He is the author of The (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

You can shout FIRE in a theater, if you shout AIM first.

Scalia Speaks. The World is Worse for it.

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend