Yell FIRE in a Crowded Theater — It’s Your Right

The Bill of Rights does not *give* us any rights, it recognizes that the citizens of the US have natural rights that will be protected under all circumstances. That list of rights has expanded as we have realized that there are more rights that need to be protected.

I believe that any type of ‘reasonable restriction’ on a right is an infringement. The reality is that there are already systems in place that provide a check on people abusing their rights.

The common example used is that you can’t yell ‘FIRE’ in a crowded theater. That’s not actually true. There are no inherent restrictions in the Bill of Rights, but that does not protect people from the *results* of exercising their rights.

If you yell fire in a theater and cause a panic, you will be held responsible for any damages or casualties that ensue. We already have laws in place against property damage, assault, murder, etc. The courts are the place in which these cases are resolved. Having it codified in law that you can’t yell fire in a theater will not stop someone who intends on doing it and will not add anything to a resolution of the event or charges handed down.

The same thing goes for all the other rights in the Bill of Rights. Use them responsibly and for all intents and purposes they are unlimited. Abuse them and you will face the consequences.

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