“Winchester Police Chief John E. Piper said protest organizers did not obtain a permit from the city, but there are stipulations for spontaneous protests in City Code, so he decided to allow the event to proceed.”

Amendment I

(ratified December 15, 1791)

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Chief Piper, there’s our permit! We don’t need your permission or blessing to voice our displeasure with our government! Maybe if all of you power hungry, self-serving, so-called working for the people bureaucrats honored your oath our nation wouldn’t be in the state it’s in right now.

I know this isn’t your oath but it should be! This is my oath whether in uniform or not.

“I __ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

Clement Bourg 

Berryville

(10) comments

Bernie Mac

Amendment II

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Bryan.the.Nuri

"well regulated"...

Bernie Mac

I don't think that means what you think it means. In the vernacular of the day, "well regulated" meant "to be made regular", as in normal, commonplace. Do some research. Read a book.

rgsheppard

Did you even read what you wrote? "Congress shall not.." - it doesn't say Winchester. Local jurisdictions can pass codes for the safe and orderly expression of Constitutional guarantees. Two years ago Charlottesville did not. Pro-statue people had the permits to demonstrate, as required by code. The radical anti-protesters did not have the permit and the politicians allowed them to go after each other. So, there is a reason and you aren't entitled.

Spock Here

So the Klan got the permits to say "Jews will not replace us"? And those dastardly radical anti-protesters thought that kind of stuff belongs in 1930s Germany? Who'da thunk.

ShruggingAtlas

No, that was the night before the riots. You had troublemakers on both sides at C'ville, but you all only want to acknowledge the one. Why is that?

Ali

They marched. It was peaceful.

crb1077

Someone obviously feel asleep during civics class. Let me explain. ALL authority possessed by the government comes from us, We the people. The US Constitution is the Supreme Law. The Federal Government bestows some of its authority to the Stares which in turn bestows some of its authority to local governments. So, in the end no form of government can right a law that violates your rights.

Conservative

Darn tootin! Assemble and protest away, that is a guaranteed right. Looting and criminal activity, however, are not.

Bryan.the.Nuri

Because you know what we need? Another cowardly and anonymous comment telling people how to protest "appropriately"

Listen, coward, no one condoned the rioting or looting. Patting the protesters on the head is a bit of a dogwhistle, isn't it?

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