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Old 02-07-2019, 05:27 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by tortminder View Post
Stories on the local news about new "security measures" being implemented at Branson city hall. Metal detectors, bag and body searches, all in the name of safety and security, of course.

Makes me wonder if there have been specific threats toward political office holders recently or perhaps to the physical plant.

It occurs to me that this is a great way to dissuade folks from attending public meetings in case of "controversial" decisions by the various public bodies.

Freedom of assembly, sometimes used interchangeably with the freedom of association, is the individual right or ability of people to come together and collectively express, promote, pursue, and defend their collective or shared ideas.

The United States Constitution explicitly provides for 'the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances' in the First Amendment.

Somehow this new policy seems an impediment to freedom of assembly.
They have had metal detectors and searches here at our city hall for at least 10 years now here in Wichita. No one seems to have any issues about getting to city council meetings here, and we have had some heated meetings.
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