Is Park Service Trying to Silence Protesters with New Regulation?

Since the election of Donald Trump, the number of protests on land belonging to the National park Service, including the National Mall have increased.

Consequently, the National Park Service is contemplating new regulations on the use of the lands under their jurisdiction.

One of the new regulations would require a fee to hold protests on all National Park Service lands including the National Mall, which has seen a host of protests in the past couple of years.

Critics are accusing the National Park Service of trying to silence critics of President Donald Trump by wanting to require a fee to protest at the National Mall.

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(The Washington Times) – New rules proposed by the National Park Service are coming under criticism over concerns involving their potential impact on protests around Washington, D.C., as the federal government’s window for receiving public comments nears closing.

Park officials are accepting comments on the proposed rules through Monday, after which point the agency will assess the public’s reaction prior to deciding whether to pursue changes that critics say would limit protest activity in the nation’s capital.

Introduced in August, among the rules being considered are regulations that would allow the NPS to charge a fee for protests held in parks under the agency’s jurisdiction, including the National Mall and areas adjacent to the White House, as well as limiting pedestrian access near the latter.

Groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund opposed the proposal this week, raising similar concerns about their consequences on future protests…

What the critics fail to understand is that every protest on National Park Service land results in a lot of added costs to the NPS.

Protesters leave tons of trash, which is left to the NPS to clean up.

In some cases, the protests leave damage to the grounds and facilities, which also costs the NPS to repair and restore.

They also fail to realize that such a regulation would impact both liberals and conservatives alike.

If anyone wants to criticize anyone for trying to silence opposition, they need to take a good look at the fascist tactics of Facebook.

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David Jolly
R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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