Protesters violated rights
August 11, 2014 - Letter to Lansing State Journal

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The First Amendment prohibits the government from abridging freedom of speech and the right to peaceably assemble. Both sides in the recent Lansing demonstrations on the border crossings by women and children from Central America violated those principles. The members of the group supporting the immigrants verbally assaulted the other group, interfering with its right to free speech and assembly. Some were members of the organization BAMN, whose name itself suggest a willingness to break the law: By Any Means Necessary. Some members of the other group were carrying weapons, clearly inappropriate for peaceful assembly. To me, open carry is always threatening, inappropriate in any setting. 

Steve Harry
Lansing