Its interesting that these gys choose to pop up here and now, in the middle of the discussion for calls for nonviolence. It made me wonder if they weren't trying to jump inot his to be inlcuded in that discsussion for their own purposes so they can assemble at other events without threat of violence.
These folks invoke feelings in me that make me, IMO, a lesser person. I think of them assembling at a soldiers funeral, or the funeral of that little girl, and I have to admit my thoughts toward them include violence. But, as folks correctly point out, if everyone has the freedom to assemble, why not them? I suppose they do. It protects our freedom to do the same, and shows everyone how bat **** crazy and screwed up these people are. I just wonder if there might be some legal way of keeping a minimum distance from a funeral for the sake of keeping the peace, and allowing what most of us would likely consider a reasonable right to bury a loved one without it being marred by these folks holding signs calling for the damnation of that loved one.
That's why I loved the odea of the Hell's Angels escorting these families. It almost forces a police department to keep a safe distance between the family's service and these protestors in order to make sure the Hell's Angels don't create the need for another service.
These folks should be allowed to protest. Perhaps if the twon government created an ordinance preventing protests a certain minimum distance from a cemetery?