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ThunderPower Megaphones Should be Welcomed on Campuses

Photo of Gianno Caldwell using a ThunderPower Megaphone during a recent rally at Loyola Marymount University.

ThunderPower Megaphones are becoming part of a large debate that’s taking place on college campuses across the county: are universities fanning the flames of free speech or acting like First Amendment fire extinguishers?

Recently, Fox News Political Analyst and Author, Gianno Caldwell used one of the ThunderPower 450 Megaphones during a Los Angeles-based Democratic Presidential Debate held at Loyola Marymount University. He was there to promote his conservative views and his new book, “Taken for Granted” when he was accosted with angry voices from the university’s student body.

“Yesterday, I was threatened with violence, called a race traitor, called an Uncle Tom and Coon. No, this was not a Trump rally. I was at the DNC Presidential debate in LA where I thought there would be “inclusive” thought,” he posted on his Twitter page as he used his ThunderPower bullhorn to be heard above opposition voices.

Gianno Caldwell, Fox News Political Commentator

ThunderPower Megaphones Has Been A Staunch Support of the 1st Amendment

For more than 20 years, Thunder Power Megaphones have been a staunch supporter of the First Amendment and Free Speech. Whether liberal views, conservative views, religious views, or just plain loud views, ThunderPower bullhorns ensures you will be heard! However, more and more college campuses seem to be excluding individuals and groups from speaking on campus, creating a restrictive environment rather than a tolerant environment more suited to a learning setting.

A recent study analyzed the written policies of 466 of America’s top colleges and universities to see just how much these campuses protected free speech. The report finds that 89.7 percent of American colleges maintain policies that restrict — or too easily could restrict — student and faculty expression.

“Most colleges impose burdensome conditions on expression by maintaining policies that restrict students’ free speech rights,” said Laura Beltz, lead author of the study. “Colleges should be a place for open debate and intellectual inquiry, but today, almost all colleges silence expression through policies that are often illiberal and, at public institutions, unconstitutional.”

Interestingly, private institutions do not have to follow the First Amendment but are responsible for living up to their institutional commitments to free speech. Sadly, nearly nine out of ten private institutions fall short of those promises. Only 6 percent live up to their pledged speech protections according to the report.

However, some university scholars vigorously disagree with this sentiment. Lee C. Bollinger for example is the President of Columbia University, and recently wrote an article in The Atlantic magazine outlining her beliefs that free speech in today’s college campuses is actually evolving in a very positive direction. She states, “At Columbia and at thousands of other schools across the United States, controversial ideas are routinely expressed by speakers on both the left and the right and have been for decades. In fact, Columbia University is something of a magnet for provocative speakers. During the 2017–18 academic year, the conservative radio talk-show host and author Dennis Prager spoke at Columbia. The Fox News legal commentator Alan Dershowitz, the 2016 Republican Party presidential candidate Herman Cain, and the immigration activist Mark Krikorian spoke too—all without incident,” said Bollinger.

But ThunderPower Megaphone believes that the true value the right of free speech is put to its severest test when the speaker is someone we disagree with most. Speech that deeply offends our morality or is hostile to our way of life warrants the same constitutional protection as other speech because the right of free speech is indivisible: When we allow anyone or any institution to suppress controversial or unfamiliar ideas, we are all subject to a dangerous level of censorship.  by the state. Since our founding, ThunderPower Megaphone has believed in the free expression of all ideas, popular or unpopular.

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ThunderPower Megaphone’s Ten Favorite Protest Songs

This is a picture of a woman using a megaphone during a protest.

Megaphone’s are great for protests. In fact, there is a good chance that if someone is singing a protest song, walking in a demonstration, or marching for a cause, a ThunderPower Megaphone is probably somewhere nearby. Almost daily, ThunderPower, the most powerful bullhorn in the industry, is being used by protesters demonstrating against everything from politics to petroleum.

But why are ThunderPower Megaphones so popular with people who have something to say and need to be heard? It’s probably because ThunderPower bullhorns are considered one of the best voice amplification tools on the planet, able to project the range of the human voice much further than non-battery powered megaphones. In addition, because ThunderPower Megaphones are so well made, they can take the punishment of even the most chaotic environment.

The ThunderPower Lineup of Megaphones

Since its founding more than 22 years ago, ThunderPower Megaphones has been a big supporter of free speech and public demonstrations. We believe that protests and demonstrations have been an important part of American history going all the way back to the famous Boston Tea protest in 1773.

ThunderPower Megaphones

ThunderPower Megaphone line-up includes several models of high-quality battery powered bullhorns that have a variety of unique features that can be used during any size demonstration when you want to lift your voice above the crowd.

The ThunderPower collection of battery powered bullhorns include:

  • ThunderPower 120 – 15 Watts w 700 Yard Range w $49.00
  • ThunderPower 150 (Ultra compact) – 15 Watts w 600 Yard Range w $59.00
  • ThunderPower 250 – 25 Watts w 800 Yard Range w $79.00
  • ThunderPower 450 (Palm Mic) – 35 Watts w 1200 Yard Range w $109.00
  • ThunderPower 1200 – 45 Watts w 2000 Yard Range w $189.00

ThunderPower Believes in Free Speech and Helps People be Heard

Since its founding more than 22 years ago, ThunderPower Megaphones has been a big supporter of free speech, protest songs, and public demonstrations. We believe that protests and demonstrations have been an important part of American history going all the way back to the famous Boston Tea protest in 1773.  Throughout the years, protests and demonstrations have been a powerful strategy for Americans to leverage when they need to be heard, and ThunderPower Megaphones is proud to be a favorite choice for people when they have the need to be heard.

Ten of America’s Most Famous Protest Songs

Because ThunderPower bullhorns are so popular at rallies, demonstrations, and marches, we thought it might be interesting to share some of the top protest songs in America’s history according to a recent poll by RollingStone Magazine.

Number One: “Masters of War” by Bob Dylan

While it was President Dwight D. Eisenhower that warned the country about the dangers of a “military-industrial complex”, it was Bob Dylan who wrote his protest song that funneled his anger at arms dealers who were making a fortune and spreading their money all around Washington, D.C.

Number Two: “Ohio” by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

After Neil Young saw a photo of a 14-year-old girl kneeling over the dead body of a Kent State student, he poured his rage and sadness into the song he called “Ohio”. A day after he wrote the song, he called his bandmates (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) into the studio to record the new song.

Number Three: “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield

While many people think that Stephen Stills wrote “For What It’s Worth” about Vietnam, it was a protest song in support of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip hippies who fought the police over a potential new curfew.

Number Four: “The Times They Are a Changin” by Bob Dylan

Written just a few weeks after John F. Kennedy’s death and just a few months before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed, Bob Dylan beautifully summed up massive cultural changes he was witnessing in a three-minute folk song.

Number Five: “Eve of Destruction” by Barry McGuire

When P.F. Sloan wrote the “Eve of Destruction” in 1965, Barry McGuire quickly took the song to reflect the early days of the Vietnam war, the Cuban Missile Crisis and widespread fear of a nuclear war that would destroy the world.

Number Six: “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine

“Killing in the Name” combines a unique fusion of rap and rock and was released in 1992. It’s a furious song about racism, police brutality and defiance, culminating in a furious cry. This song stirs a crowd like no other song in human history.

Number Seven: “Blowing in the Wind” by Bob Dylan

“Blowin’ in the Wind” is considered one of the most popular protest songs of all time. It’s been translated into at least a dozen languages, featured in many movies and played live 2,500 times by Dylan alone.

Number Eight: “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

John Fogerty wrote “Fortunate Son” 45 years ago, but it continues to move people. Ironically, the artist actually served in the Army Reserves and wrote the song about how rich families made sure their own children never made their way to Vietnam. Like most great protest songs, it’s as relevant today as it was on the day of its release.

Number Nine: “Hurricane” by Bob Dylan

After ten years from writing his last protest song, Bob Dylan returned again to write about Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, a professional boxer in jail for a murder he claimed he didn’t commit. The tune is an impassioned eight-minute piece about Hurricane’s ordeal.

Number Ten: “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag” by Country Joe and the Fish

A straightforward and simple song, Country Joe McDonald spoke for young people all over America when he released the anti-Vietnam classic “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag.” “One, two, three, what are we fighting for?” he sang. “Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn/Next stop is Vietnam.” The song exploded when the artist sang an impromptu rendition at Woodstock.

For more information on how you can add a ThunderPower Megaphone to your next protest, call 866-927-7955.

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How to Choose the Best Size Megaphone for Your Needs

ThunderPower’s line of heavy-duty bullhorn megaphones are good tools to have around in many situations. From outdoor playing fields to indoor classrooms or even as part of an emergency preparedness kit, there are many times when having a battery powered megaphone can be a real asset. The truth is that almost all outdoor settings with groups of people and background noises are an excellent place for megaphones. Of course, the question of knowing exactly what kind of megaphone to use during specific events is important and can be a little confusing.

From Compact to Military Strength

ThunderPower Megaphones are lighter and louder than most off-the-shelf brands of megaphones, and because we offer a full line of megaphones, our customers have a nice variety of options from which to choose when they want their voices to be heard.

For example, the ThunderPower 150 Megaphone has a super compact design and only weighs 2 lbs. with batteries. However, it still has 15 watts of power to be heard more than 600 yards away, making this the perfect megaphone for day care centers or guided outdoor tours.

On the total opposite end of the spectrum is the ThunderPower 1200 megaphone. This megaphone is so powerful and so loud that we often refer to it as the “earthquake maker” because it will rattle the streets and shake the windows! With a full 45-watt power supply, the ThunderPower 1200 can be heard from more than 2,000 yards away! This megaphone is a favorite for military personnel and peace officers who need to control large crowds.

There are different megaphone sizes for different purposes. Here is the ThunderPower 450 Megaphone being used by a military officer addressing his troops.

Where Would You Use a Bullhorn Megaphone?

Other popular occasions where less powerful ThunderPower Megaphones could be incorporated include school camping trips, scouting jamborees, group hikes, and beach picnics. These activities will usually include 10 – 50 people scattered over a wide area, making communication through battery powered megaphones a perfect solution to communicate with everyone no matter how far they’ve wandered.

When involving yourself in protest rallies, political gatherings, or even religious congregations, more powerful Thunderpower Megaphones would be the best strategy. Typically, these kinds of gatherings involve hundreds or thousands of people and lots of surrounding noise could present the right conditions where and amplified megaphone should be used. This of course depends on the number of attendees, and the expanse over which they will be dispersed. The more ground to be covered, the more power you need behind your voice.

Megaphones are Suitable for Use Anywhere

The truth is making yourself heard is important, and so anywhere you need to be heard is a good place to use a ThunderPower Megaphone.  but it is important that you make sure that you are not going to be breaking any laws with the words you say or how loud you get.

For more information on ThunderPower Megaphones contact us today at 866-927-7955. ThunderPower Megaphones are exclusively distributed by Discount Tw-Way Radio

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ThunderPower Megaphones Help You Exercise Your First Amendment Rights

Man using ThunderPower megaphone to express himself on the street.

ThunderPower Megaphones were created to help people better express themselves. Of course, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution explicitly protects your right to free expression with or without the amplified sound of an electronic bullhorn. But since you are going to exercise your right to speak, don’t you think people should hear you?

ThunderPower Bullhorns are designed for maximum power and volume and constructed from durable materials to withstand damage following being dropped or banged against hard surfaces. More and more people are turning to ThunderPower megaphones to incorporate into public speaking engagements, protests, or campaign rallies.

However, in addition to being armed with a ThunderPower megaphone, understanding some basic First Amendment principles and guidelines for free speech will help protect your rights while amplifying your message. That’s why ThunderPower Megaphones decided to outline a couple fundamental First Amendment principles everyone should know before hitting the streets with your message.

  I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”

Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Principle Number One: When Using Megaphones, It Is Your Conduct That Counts Not Your Content

In other words, it’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it. Your right to express your opinion is protected no matter what beliefs you hold. However, how you present your beliefs is what matters. This issue was at the center of an important in a 1919 Supreme Court decision that rejected a man’s defense that he could yell, “fire” in a crowded theater. Any expression or protest that causes serious disruption can be stopped by law enforcement or other government agencies. But with a few notable exceptions, nobody can restrict your rights simply because they don’t like what you say.

ThunderPower Megaphone as a symbol of free speech

Still, as long as you are not expressing “dangerous” expressions, the First Amendment protects your right to express your opinion, even if it’s unpopular. That means you can criticize the President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, or even the chief of police without fear of retaliation. But again, you can’t grab your ThunderPower Megaphone to start a riot or yell “rob that store” because this is considered speech that is intended to “inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace” and you will be subject to arrest. Further, First Amendment rights doesn’t extend to slander, libel, dangerous threats or speech that incites imminent violence or law-breaking.

Principle Number Two: Free Speech is for Everyone

The one thing is crystal clear regarding free speech is that it applies to everyone. That’s right, whether you are a Mormon or Muslim; man or woman, young or old, or whether you are an evangelist or an atheist you are protected by the First Amendment. Also, it doesn’t matter if you’re a U.S. citizen, whether you speak English, or are not of voting age. ThunderPower Megaphones wants to remind you that free speech is for everyone who is physically in the United States.

Principle Number Three: It Is About When, Where and How

Consider when, where and how you use your free-speech rights. If you organize a rally that causes violence or unnecessary disruption, your event may be disbanded. Every municipality has regulations and it’s your responsibility to understand them. You must observe reasonable regulations on time, place, and manner when you exercise your rights to demonstrate and protest.

This brings us to two additional points as well:

  1. Do you need a permit to march, promote, or advocate?

Whether you’re marching on city hall, holding a candlelight vigil, or rallying outside the statehouse or a private business, you should check your local municipal codes before pulling out the megaphone.

In general, the government can’t prohibit marches or rallies. However, it can make you get a permit in order to avoid competing uses of an area, and you don’t abuse the amount of time you use occupying the space or vandalizing the area.

In general, lawyers advise people to double check the specific rules and guidelines for the city you will be speaking in.

  • How much noise can you make?

This area specifically addresses how you use your Thunderpower Megaphone, and like many municipal ordinances, the answer depends on what city you are in.  However, in general this very important principle applies: You may use amplification devices as long as your intent is to communicate your message, not to disturb the peace. The government may require permits for music, drums and megaphones, most city ordinances are narrowly tailored so that they prevent excessive noise without interfering with your free-speech rights. Check your local regulations. You may not need a permit to use your ThunderPower bullhorn or megaphone, but the government may ban noisy parties without a purpose, or sound that is “amplified to a loud and raucous volume.”