The main source of vitriol toward the protesters that disrupted shopping at Mall of America on Saturday stems from their violation of the mall's property rights. Property rights ranks right up there with abortion, gun control, and immigration among the issues most likely to get conservatives fired up.
Nick Kozel Minnesota Supreme Court solidified the Mall of America's right to bar protests nearly 20 years ago
When the Mall of America was built, taxpayers paid $186 million of its $700 million cost. Now with another $250 million in public money heading its way as part of a planned $1.5 billion expansion, many of those protesters think the mall shouldn't be considered private, forcing it to allow public demonstrations.
What they don't realize is that argument was struck down by the Minnesota Supreme Court nearly 20 years ago.More »