Law professor wants to edit Bill of Rights to enact restrictions on free speech

- THE BLAZE - CHRIS ENLOE - DEC 21, 2021 -

A law professor proposed Monday that two major edits must be made to the United States Constitution in order to place new restrictions on the First Amendment and Second Amendment.

Mary Anne Franks — a law professor at the University of Miami Law School — published an essay in the Boston Globe advocating that both amendments be edited to promote the collective good, arguing that each is too individualistic in its current form.

"The First and Second Amendments tend to be interpreted in aggressively individualistic ways that ignore the reality of conflict among competing rights," Franks wrote.

"This in turn allows the most powerful members of society to reap the benefits of these constitutional rights at the expense of vulnerable groups," she added. "Both amendments would be improved by explicitly situating individual rights within the framework of 'domestic tranquility' and the 'general welfare' set out in the Constitution’s preamble."

What about the First Amendment?

Franks proposed the First Amendment be edited to make explicit that freedoms of expression that harm equality should be met with accountability.

She proposed the First Amendment should say:


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