Intro: It is prosecutably criminal to beat someone up physically, or threaten to, for exercising the Constitutionally-guaranteed civil right of free speech, however much whatever words may be disliked by any listener. The sole legal response/reaction is verbal argument, not violently physical attack -- or shooting a citizen six times in the back, or arresting them repeatedly on multiply trumped-up charges and baseless warrants (which is criminal harassment, or unprotected utterance). The distinction enacted is what makes us a Civil Nation rather than one embroiled in civil war. Those laws are applicable to officials as well as lay folk and distinguish our form of democratic governance from tyranny by [fascist] bullies in any garb of clothing or color.
Yet another legal response to unliked speech is to Cool It and go play music somewhere.
Personal note: i don't recall a Boston metro home that I knew well pre-maturity without a piano, upright to grand. they were as ubiquitously commonplace as guitars (and other mobile strings) have been in Tennessee, and throughout Appalachia.
To be a proficient pianist back then was No Big Deal --every family had at least one. (probably one of "the blue laws"). Performing professionally and commercially was slightly unusual. Gender distinctions in proficiency of any field weren't encouraged or enforced, subtly and not, in private or in public.
Our local Jonesboough area police have invariably been polite and as helpful as possible to me. They are well-trained and educatedly experienced professionals. In good weather they ride bikes and wear bermuda shorts on their patrols and... Mingle. With the community they protect and serve.
Original material c. A Country Rag, Inc. and/or Jeannette Harris, Jonesborough Tennessee, April 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved.