posted on Apr, 16 2004 @ 02:25 AM
I actually agree with the permit laws. I didn't used to, until I talked with someone who did, and they explained it to me. The permit is to allow the
government to know you're going to have a protest. Most protests are on controversial issues, and many people, in their passion, try to do physical
harm to their opposers. Take, for example, the people who hurt or kill abortion doctors. I don't like the act, but I'd never cause physical harm to
someone for doing it.
Not only does a permit inform the government, but it allows them to get police to protect the first amendment. If MLK hadn't gotten the permit, the
police may never have been there on his march in Alabama, but the KKK may have. The permit is for the protection of the protesters, because it allows
legitimate security to be put there.
I gotta say, when my friend explained this to me, my mouth dropped. One of the few times I had no way to defend my opinion.