People come to Las Vegas to do what they can’t do at home. To be as silly and feel as free as possible. Well, Las Vegas is becoming just as restrictive as everywhere else. The Clark County Commission and some casino owners want to make Las Vegas “safer” for all you visitors. And you know when they start talking “safety” that is usually means taking away some rights. Usually First Amendment rights.
The Clark County Commission recently banned dogs from the strip. The dogs banned are dogs who work with the performers on the strip.
The Clark County Commission is thinking of passing a law to ban people from handing out handbills and escort cards to tourists. Street performers, such as street musicians, people in superhero outfits, vendors selling water on the bridges will also be banned from the strip. The strip will become an uninteresting place to visit. I don’t particularly like the escort cards or handbills handed to me, but it’s part of our First Amendment rights. We don’t need the Clark County Commission legislating everything we do. There are enough laws in Vegas to do this.
Not only will the laws passed mess with our First Amendment Rights, but take jobs away from people who really need these jobs. With the economy the way it is, we don’t need any more unemployed people in Las Vegas.
All these laws are in the “talking stage” and have not yet been put into place, but just that they’re thinking about outlawing anything and interfering with our basic First Amendment rights worries me.
Oh, I forgot, they’re also planning to put surveillance cameras everywhere on the strip and adding more police officers. One of my favorite things about the strip is that there are so few police officers, but I guess that will change, too. Welcome to the world of 1984; 28 years late. The casino owners say it’s not about “watching people,” but what else would you call it?
– Big Brother!
And if Las Vegas does pass the above laws, it cannot no longer use the logo “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” It’ll have to change its logo to “What happens in Vegas might show up on your Facebook page.” Or it will have to change the welcome sign from “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” to Welcome to Las Vegas. It has to leave out the “fabulous” word, because Las Vegas will not longer be a fabulous place to visit.
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- Casino leaders call for more security on the Las Vegas Strip (staradvertiser.com)
- Speaking out of place: First Amendment Rights Area (discardstudies.wordpress.com)