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Honking Your Horn At The Colorado State Senate: A First Amendment Right?

honking.car.horn In the summer of 2001 Republican Governor Don Sundquist tried to impose an income tax on the citizens of Tennessee. Honking horns were partly responsible for stopping him and the legislature.

Here is how the Heartland Institute described the scene in 2001:

As protestors began to gather outside the legislative chambers Monday evening, several legislators were taken away by ambulance and hospitalized for blood pressure and heart problems as tensions rose and tempers flared.

By Tuesday morning, tax protestors were brandishing signs reading, “Let’s send them all to the ER!”

On Friday evening, the state income tax proposal emerged from a legislative conference committee considering the state budget . . . after local news shows had already aired.

Of course the legislation emerged after the news cycle of the day. Similar to how Colorado State Senators are constantly rescheduling their town hall meetings in order to avoid the pro-Second Amendment supporters.

However, just as could happen in Colorado, last-minute the actions of ordinary citizens stopped the legislation. Heartland continues:

Speaking to WorldNetDaily and barely audible above the virtually non-stop horn honking, WLAC’s morning show host Steve Gill gestured to the standstill traffic encircling the state capitol and said, “Do you hear that? That’s the sound of freedom.”

Phil Valentine, Gill’s afternoon show counterpart, chided legislators on-air for conducting most of the legislative discussion regarding the state budget behind closed doors.

“If this is such good public policy, why are they afraid to do it in public?” Valentine asked.

While it appeared Monday that income tax supporters had enough votes to push the measure through both houses, support crumbled as the tax protests grew.

Honking horns and protestors stopped another money grab:

Traffic outside the Capitol was deadlocked as protesters kept out of the statehouse crowded parking lots and streets honking their horns and waving signs reading “Tax Revolt!” and “No Income Tax.”

Honking horns seems an effective electoral strategy. Here’s Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper encouraging people to honk their horns:

Hickenlooper Honking

Even Denver’s Mayor Michael Hancock thinks honking is a useful, and successful strategy:

Hancock Honking

Interestingly, however, when ordinary citizens, even those vaulted Occupiers, honk horns, well, some people are more equal than others, and honking might be considered a traffic offense in Denver. So if you’re an occupier, you might receive a ticket:

Two of the charges incurred by supporters of Occupy Denver in recent weeks were dropped over the weekend when the city attorney’s office decided against officially filing in both cases. Wyatt was cited for disturbing the peace over the use of an air horn from the passenger seat of a car.

Another person was ticketed for actually honking his car’s horn.

Since honking seems so effective, on today’s radio program (Hours 1, 2 and 4) I called for all supporters of the Second Amendment and of the human right of self-defense, to do two things.

First, show up at the Colorado State Capitol early Monday morning, March 4, and completely fill the building. Fill more than the hearing room, fill the entire building, floor by floor, so that the rotunda reverberates with the din of ordinary citizens showing their objection to the Colorado Democrats’ attack on the Constitution.

Second, everyone, throughout the day, should take time toslowly, maybe up to five miles per hour, drive around the capitol building with their car horns blaring. And blaring. And blaring.

As in Tennessee, make it difficult for the Senators to hear themselves pontificate about public safety, and these Democrats realize that many, many Colorado citizens object to their attack on our right of self-defense.

While some courts have declared honking to be protected by the First Amendment, I can find no such case in Colorado. However, receiving a traffic citation for excessive horn honking is a pittance of a price to pay to protect our Constitution, especially compared to what others before us have done.

So, will you show up?

Will you drive by throughout the day and honk your horn?

Please send this to all of your friends. Post it on Facebook. Tweet it to your followers. Email it to your lists.

Honk for freedom, all day, Monday, March 4, 2013.

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One Response to “Honking Your Horn At The Colorado State Senate: A First Amendment Right?”

  1. Carl Weil, Director
    Wilderness Medicine Outfitters
    Master Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine
    Our family 4 generations of lawmen
    I am 3rd generation peace officer
    I hold 2 honorable discharges
    I lost a son to gun violence by SHOTGUN
    I have taught gun safety for 45 years
    I am not one of the 30 Colorado citizens allowed to testify against loss of our constitutional rights that out of state celebrities are are being allowed to testify for.

    March 4, 2013 at 9:13 am