Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Current D.C. Noise Law Favors Amplified Elite

A man unsuccessfully tries to defend his views as an abusive amplifier smothers his unaided voice. (Copyright © 2006. David Klavitter)

The current broken District of Columbia (D.C.) noise law protects only amplified elitists, who think nothing of suppressing the little guy’s voice and bullying their way into her bedroom.

A pending noise bill before the D.C. City Council would strengthen free speech rights by giving non-amplified voices an equal opportunity to be heard.

Under the current D.C. law amended in 2004, noncommercial speech can be blasted at unlimited volume. The result: One single person can employ big amplifiers to artificially dominate public debate.

Natural voices are smothered. Suppressed. Unheard.

Councilmember Tommy Wells’ proposed bill would place reasonable limits on amplifiers--not speech.

Natural, un-electrified voices would remain exempt from noise controls. In fact, labor union protestors admit they don’t really need amplifiers to make their point--they have the power of the masses.

This allows the volume to naturally gravitate to the greatest number of unamplified voices--not to the power of the amplifier:

Amplifiers stifle her political views.

Amplifiers suppress his religious expression.

Amplifiers smother his right to be heard.

Amplifiers mock his free speech rights.

Amplifiers deny exchange of all views--no matter what the context.

Amplifiers trample his free speech rights.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If half of those people trying to debate them wasn't drunk maybe they would have a leg to stand on. I have seen this many times where these drunk and crack head folks try to debate these guys and get destroyed.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That may happen occassionally, but I've also seen plenty of sober folks try to debate them and they also get completely blasted by the amp. It's an unjust advantage that squashes their right to free speech. Anyway, don't drunks and crackheads have the right to be heard, too?

8:16 PM  

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