Monday, November 29, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

Mask-wearing protestors in D.C. can now be arrested

Wearing a mask while protesting outside a residence without telling D.C. police first could now get you arrested.

The D.C. Council has unanimously passed a strongly worded bill to deal with an animal rights group that has been known to wear masks and appear unannounced outside District residents' homes shouting things like "You should die." Residents have been complaining to their council members that they felt "terrorized." Critics of the bill say it's too broad and limits First Amendment rights.

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What are your thoughts? Do people have a right to anonymity while protesting? What about protesting in front of homes? Do people have a right to privacy in their homes?


Brooke said...

Protesting is one thing, but a masked person with a statement like "you should die" is a threat of violence, IMO. If I said that to anyone on the street sans mask, I would likely be arrested.

I think this crosses the line.

cube said...

I think masked protestors should be arrested and while in custody they should be fingerprinted and have their irises scanned. It's about time we know who these professional protestors are.

Ticker said...

Wearing a mask as a threat is very similar in nature to yelling FIRE in a crowded theater. It is not protected under free speech or freedom of expression.
I believe that somewhere in a court case and I can't dig it up right off had that it was ruled that the KKK could not wear their hoods and it was not protected under freedom of speech or expression.

Cube you are on the money. They are paid flunkies just like Obummers crowds.

Chuck said...

I personally think we need to put a halt to protesting in front of houses. A person should have a right to privacy at home. Also, their family and neighbors do not deserve this. They have buffer zones around abortion clinics, funny how the left is all for that...

Chuck said...

Brooke, agreed. It borders on terroristic

Cube, agreed. A lot of these protesters are day laborers

Ticker, I agree. What about burqa's? Dare we open that can of worms?

Ticker said...

Ticker, I agree. What about burqa's? Dare we open that can of worms?

WIDE OPEN. This the USA, not Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arbia or some other camel herding country. So as the old saying goes, When in Rome do as the Romans. Off with the face covers. Who knows what lurks behind those things, male or female? Grandma or a bomber?

commoncents said...

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Common Cents

Mustang said...

You know, this doesn't require another law preventing people from wearing masks. It only requires cancelling the law that prohibits citizens of the DC metropolitan area from carrying firearms and using them to protect the sanctity of life and property. If anyone is on my property shouting "You should die," whether or not they are wearing ski masks, they will be dead before the local police department can respond.

This is probably why such things only happen in states and cities that restrict citizens' constitutional rights in order to accommodate the illegal acts of others. It is not a mere coincidence that localities that restrict ownership and use of firearms also have the highest rates of violent crimes. And, by the way, protesting on someone’s personal property, wearing ski masks, and shouting “death to (whomever) is a form of terrorism. We should deal with it as we would any other act of terror: forcefully.

Karen Howes said...

I agree with Brooke.

Karen Howes said...

I agree with Mustang too!

Chuck said...

Ticker, I agree - it was more rhetorical than anything

Mustang, we don't see it much here in Michigan, a right to carry state

Karen, and I agree with you :)