Al “Not So Sharp” Sharpton Assails Bill of Rights

National Urban League & National Action Network Oppose Civil Liberties?

In their haste to snuggle up to this president, activist black leaders push Congress to further infringe on our natural right to self-defense: the Second Amendment.

Following a public policy meeting of African-American leaders, National Urban League president Al SharptonMarc Morial and National Action Network president Al Sharpton called for a new national assault weapons ban, saying the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution should be regulated. [ConservativeByte.com] He further stated, “People do not have the right to unregulated rights in this country.

“The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are not absolute. One cannot yell fire in a crowded theater and hide behind the First Amendment,” said Morial when asked by

Marc Morial

TheDC if he supports California Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein’s assault weapon ban bill. [ConservativeByte.com]

My opinon: The above statements are faulty. I offer an unqualified evaluation of their education as incomplete. I assume Mayor Morial would agree with another round of unconstitutional gun confiscation upon another ‘Katrina’ type disaster.

Background on “yelling fire in a crowded theater”

In the 1919 case before the Supreme Court, Schenck v. United States, SCOTUS upheld Mr. Schenck’s conviction on charges of violating the Espionage Act of 1917 by opposing the military draft of young men for service in WW1. Justice Holmes opined, “The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic.”

Gasp! What heinous statements published by Mr. Schenck represented a “clear and present danger” perceived by Justice Holmes? His pamphlets and leaflets said, “Do not submit to intimidation“, “Assert your rights“, “If you do not assert and support your rights, you are helping to deny or disparage rights which it is the solemn duty of all citizens and residents of the United States to retain.

His interesting argument against the draft was the Thirteenth Amendment outlawing ‘involuntary servitude’. This amendment came on the heels of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The Sedition Act of 1918 further extended the power of government to curb speech. The most controversial sections of the Act, including the original section 3 were repealed in 1921.

Irony (Hypocrisy) Exposed

Government targeted select groups to quell protests against the government. Among these were Jehovah’s Witness, socialist and the like who opposed WW1. Groups like the National Urban League and the National Action Network, if all provisions were still in place, would be arrested for their contemporary complaints against government. Irony, indeed, that Marc Morial and Al Sharpton come out against the Bill of Rights.

In today’s struggle against ever-growing government, Libertarians, many Republicans, TEA Party leaders and a lot of Democrats face the possiblity of arrest when we speak against government actions we perceive to be unconstitutional and contrary to our natural rights. And, so it is I go back to read again the beloved First Amendment.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

First Amendment Glossary

  • prohibitingforbidding by law or other authority, hindering or preventing
  • abridging – curtailing; diminishing
  • assemble – coming or bringing together; collecting or congregating
  • redress the act or an instance of setting right a wrong; remedy or cure

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