The activity shown in the following video could very soon be criminal in the state of Georgia, thanks to Waffle House executive and State Senator, Don Balfour, and 33 other State Senators, who voted for this bill. Because under the new bill, this activity on public property, property which our taxpayer dollars pay to maintain and which belongs to us, could be considered criminal trespass.
“Criminal trespass?” you wonder. And you would be right to do so. Until now, the definition in Georgia of “criminal trespass,” under Georgia Criminal Code, Title 16, Section 16-7-21, has been:
(a) A person commits the offense of criminal trespass when he or she intentionally damages any property of another without consent of that other person and the damage thereto is $500.00 or less or knowingly and maliciously interferes with the possession or use of the property of another person without consent of that person.
What you will see in the video is not someone damaging anything, and certainly not on private property of a person. But neither will you see any activity done with malicious intent. You will see some very nice people using a bit of their public space to provide a fun, educational experience, where people who come to the Georgia Aquarium can actually learn a few facts about dolphins.
I’m just now having my coffee and will be working on a description of the bill as the caffeine kicks in. Please come back to learn more about why you should be afraid, very afraid.
And why you must – and how you can – stop this unconstitutional incursion into the rights of the people of these United States.
I’m just wondering who would want this to be made criminal.
The contact information to contact your State Representative can be found here. Please contact them, tell them that you oppose this very broad and unconstitutional bill, and ask how you can help to defeat it.