"Someone just yelled 'gun' and everyone started running"

"Someone just yelled 'gun' and everyone started running"

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    "Someone just yelled 'gun' and everyone started running"

    What a complete cluster. 38,000 people were reportedly in the stadium.

    "A fight at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium during the Salt Bowl high school football game Saturday night set off a panic that sent fans running for the exits, ending the game early. Little Rock police spokesman Steve Moore said no shots were fired, but a fight among teenagers during the third quarter knocked over a barricade, causing confusion when people attending the game mistook the sound for gunshots."

    Fight during Salt Bowl sets off panic, empties War Memorial Stadium
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    Just proves how successful the media has become in vilifying guns, just say gun and you incite immediate panic.
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    It will probably now become an internet challenge for teenagers to see how fast they can clear a stadium.
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    Kinda like yelling "fire" in a theater.
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    People seem to be getting jumpy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotBrass45 View Post
    It will probably now become an internet challenge for teenagers to see how fast they can clear a stadium.
    Large crowds of easily spooked people... what could go wrong?
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    But itís a gun free zone, so they should have nothing to worry about!
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    My description of what the stadium was filled with does not meet forum rules.
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    I would probably run too, wherever people are NOT running, and evaluate the situation. Too many shootings and too many terrorists given an open invitation by Obama and the courts to not respond and evaluate, or more precisely, observe, orient, decide, act. No shooting? Probably a snowflake. But a running mob is dangerous to not move with it until one can get safely out of it, like just in front of a funnel point. In a stadium it might be the last row before an exit.
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    It doesn't take much to stampede a herd of cattle either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NECCdude View Post
    Kinda like yelling "fire" in a theater.
    Exactly. It is not illegal. The progressives need to be called out on that myth. I'm tired of them using that false equivalency for gun control.

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    Thankfully nobody was seriously injured in the pandemonium. This sort of thing is bound to happen occasionally. I'm not sure you can really blame the media for stirring up the fear and ultimate reaction though. The media is definitely guilty of a lot of negative bias surrounding firearms but this country has seen enough actual mass shootings and terrorist types of events that if a situation happens and people think they're all of a sudden in the middle of something like that, heck yeah, they're going to panic en masse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NECCdude View Post
    Kinda like yelling "fire" in a theater.
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    Exactly. It is not illegal.
    While the results may be similar, the actions are not the same. Falsely yelling, "Fire!" is not illegal per say, but one can still be held accountable for the results of one's actions, 1A rights or not.

    Would that stretch to the misinterpreted sound of a knocked-over barrier causing mass panic? Doubtful, no more than one could be held accountable for one's vehicle backfire being mistaken for gunfire. Motive and intent.
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    @OldVet the story I linked is considered to be the original story referenced by Justice Holmes. The union bosses both falsely yelled "fire", with the intent of causing panic. They had previously chained the doors from the outside. So any reasonable person could conclude that their call to action would cause injury because of their prior actions.

    Speech that is intentionally false, with a reasonable conclusion that it will lead people to harm is illegal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    What a complete cluster. 38,000 people were reportedly in the stadium.
    When I was younger we used to call that a "goat rope". If you've never seen people try to rope young billy goats, you've missed an experience!

    Glad it wasn't worse than it was.
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