Are there are no laws to prevent people like Doug Varrieur from menacing a neighborhood? Bullshit! If you want to stop an obnoxious Rambo wannabe, check your local or state laws on "menacing;" then call law enforcement and press charges:
Menacing Law; A Legal Definition
Menacing is a crime governed by state laws, which vary by state, but typically involves displaying a weapon or a course of conduct that intentionally places another person in reasonable fear of physical injury or death. The following is an example of a state law that deals with menacing:
S 120.13 Menacing in the first degree
A person is guilty of menacing in the first degree when he or she commits the crime of menacing in the second degree and has been previously convicted of the crime of menacing in the second degree within the preceding ten years. Menacing in the first degree is a class E felony.
S 120.14 Menacing in the second degree
A person is guilty of menacing in the second degree when he or she intentionally places or attempts to place another person in reasonable fear of physical injury, serious physical injury or death by displaying a deadly weapon, dangerous instrument or what appears to be a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or other firearm; or he or she repeatedly follows a person or engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts over a period of time intentionally placing or attempting to place another person in reasonable fear of physical injury, serious physical injury or death.
Let’s get something straight here: ALL RIGHTS HAVE LIMITS! Free speech does not give anyone a right to broadcast messages over a PA system at 1,000 decibels in the middle of the night. There are laws that prevent “disturbing the peace.”
Property rights do not mean owning and operating a porn palace or a strip joint in residential neighborhoods, or in proximity to schools or houses of worship. There are zoning laws that prevent rogue business operators from despoiling your neighborhood.
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