Indiana drivers are not happy. Getting where you have to go on the road is not a joking matter. Sometimes it is a matter of inconvenience but it does spill over to matters of emergency.
The current situation with liberal protestors has gotten out of control and people are getting angry. Protests, in many cases, are becoming riots.
Republican state Sen. Jim Tomes is planning on proposing a bill that could stop protestors and other states are joining in.
It has become necessary for police to disperse protestors who are blocking traffic and the protestors don’t like to listen.
It has become routine for police to dress in riot gear to move protestors at airports. People stuck in traffic are missing flights.
Lawmakers and civil rights activists are not on the same page and conflict is arising.
In North Dakota, state Rep. Keith Kempenich has proposed a bill that would alleviate a motorist from penalty who accidentally hits or kills a protester who is obstructing traffic.
Kempenich said, “There’s a First Amendment right to assemble but there’s also the First Amendment right of people who don’t have to pay attention to it. When people get aggressive, then the peaceful assembly [right] protected in the First Amendment disappears. Protesters stood in front of their cars and flashed signs in front of them. If they’d hit the gas instead of their brake, someone would have been hurt.”
I agree with this. There is a line that is crossed when protestors become aggressive and intimidate drivers and the occupants of their vehicles. In some cases the protestors cause damage.
A staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, Lee Rowland, said that these actions are unnecessary because localities and states already have laws that prohibit the intentional disruption of traffic.
Well, if the laws exist, they should be used. A lot of people are sick of being inconvenienced and having their lives disrupted by protests.
It’s time for the first amendment to be expressed by people, who feel the need, in an orderly fashion and not cause harm or be a nuisance those who disagree with them.