It turns out the sidewalk in front of United States Supreme Court building isn’t really a free-speech zone. I was promptly banished to the other side of the street yesterday because my flag and flagpole were classified as “a sign” by Officer ByTheBook and his sidekick Officer JustDoinMyJob of the Supreme Court Police. Apparently it was too tall. And yes, the SCOTUS has its own police force.
I adjusted the flagpole down to the maximum six-foot height…and it then became “made of unapproved materials.” It can only be cardboard or wood, not exceeding 3/4” thickness in order to be permissible on the SCOTUS sidewalk.
I offered to dismount the flag and hand carry it…but it still would have exceeded the maximum 4-foot dimension (it was a standard 3×5 flag.) Since it was just me, Dick Heller, and one gent from Maryland Shall Issue, it didn’t seem like a hill to die on.
Regardless, it was somewhat fortuitous that we set up where we did across the street (under the jurisdiction of the US Capitol Police.) The single busload of Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown Moms declined to enter enemy territory, so we had ample space to establish an unobstructed display in support of the US Constitution.
The prohibitionists even mentioned us during their “rally,” which was more like a bad sermon delivered by scripted shills. One speaker would claim “we don’t oppose the Second Amendment” which was promptly followed by another one who wanted the Second Amendment abolished.
It was amusingly ironic to watch the oh-so-tolerant liberals swarm to cover-up a sign that said “Constitution and Bill of Rights Matter.”
Still, it was a good day on the bricks for actual grass-roots political involvement. Mike’s astroturf warriors all seemed to leave about halfway through the oral arguments; only a handful remained toward noon.
“I am angry that this is the second time in 2 years that I have addressed a crowd in front of this court because of the gun lobby’s never ending assault on gun violence prevention laws.” –@AalayahEastmond #gunlawssavelives pic.twitter.com/2VFEf4Ws0E
— Team ENOUGH (@Team_Enough) November 3, 2021
We, however, stayed for the duration and had plenty of time to chat off-camera with the reporters who were waiting for comments from the litigants.
Eventually we moved in to occupy the prime real estate in front of SCOTUS, and we spoke with NBC, CBS, FoxNews, RT, and several bureau reporters.
Conversations extended well beyond the interviews, and we’ve been able to find variations on these images included in MSM stories across the nation. It’s encouraging that we weren’t excluded in their reporting.
Now we wait for the decision….