The past few years have been filled with large, often spontaneous protests. Several groups including Black Lives Matter, environmentalists trying to stop new oil pipelines and the recent Women’s March against President Trump have caused economic loss and has clogged our streets.
The reaction to these protests is now appearing in a several statehouses across the country where lawmakers are introducing proposals to increase the penalties for those who block roadways while protesting.
A bill in Iowa was inspired by a protest against Donald Trump shortly after the November election. More than 100 demonstrators blocked traffic on Interstate 80, just outside Iowa City, stopping traffic on the busy trucking route for almost a half-hour.
“You’re not just stopping traffic,” said Republican state Sen. Jake Chapman about his bill, which would apply to people blocking highways with speeds posted above 55 mph. Violators could receive a felony charge and spend five years in prison, plus a fine of up to $7,500.
“You’re impeding law enforcement ability to get to call where there could be serious life-threatening situations,” said Chapman, who also works for an ambulance service.
Conservative Daily Post reports:
These states are considering bills that would target protesters deciding to block and disrupt traffic. Indiana Republican state Senator Jim Tomes proposed a measure calling on police to use any means necessary to disperse crowds that block traffic, while another Republican in North Dakota, Keith Kempenich, proposed a bill that would stop a motorist from taking punishment should they hit a protester.
All in all, these bills are designed to stop protesters from blocking traffic and disrupting the everyday lives of other citizens. Just look at what has happened in the country.
Protesters that want to denounce President Donald Trump’s executive orders are completely disrupting the flow of everyday life. Protesters blocked traffic in front of the airport in Los Angeles, causing police in riot gear to confine them to a different area. However that didn’t work as motorists who got caught in the protest missed their flights.
Naturally, civil rights groups say that the bill sponsors are really seeking to undermine protesters. They are prepared to fight these bills in court should they become law. No you morons, they are designed to stop protesters from interfering with people that don’t want to be there.
Kempenich said he drafted his bill because of concerns from relatives who described protesters walking in front of their cars as they were driving near the demonstrations. Not to mention that these protests have gotten large and out of control several times, leading drivers to sometimes be afraid.
“There’s a First Amendment right to assemble,” Kempenich said to Fox News. “But there’s also the First Amendment right of people who don’t have to pay attention to it” and shouldn’t have to be bothered when they are passing through.
“When people get aggressive, then the peaceful assembly [right] protected in the First Amendment disappears.” He’s not wrong. During some of the protests over Trump winning the election, motorists were left helpless as protesters started attacking their cars. One lady had her windshield cracked because of these violent protests.
Kempenich said of his relatives’ experiences, “Protesters stood in front of their cars and flashed signs in front of them. If they’d hit the gas instead of their break, someone would have been hurt.” That reason is exactly why these bills are being passed.
Hell yeah! If these vermin want to block traffic and cause chaos, then they can pay the price for it.
H/T [Conservative Daily Post]