I remember this almost like it was yesterday. A Florida man landed his one-person gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington in 2015 as a stunt to protest the influence of money in politics was sentenced Thursday to four months in jail.
It was all over the news, and some people thought, hey this could be a terrorist attack. It was just a mailman wanting to make a name for himself and guess what, he’s got it.
It wasn’t just to make a name for himself, but it was a message to wake up America to campaign finance reform. Whatever it was, he finally had his day of sentencing in court and well this is the consequence.
From Daily Mail:
A Florida man who piloted a one-person gyrocopter through some of the most restricted U.S. airspace and landed on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington in 2015, was sentenced on Thursday to 120 days in jail.
Douglas Hughes, 62, was sentenced in federal court in Washington by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.
Hughes has said his April 15, 2015, flight in the bare-bones aircraft was a way to call attention to the influence of big money in politics.
Hughes pleaded guilty in November to a felony of operating a gyrocopter without a license.
Prosecutors had asked for 10 months in prison, arguing that his flight from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to the nation’s capital put countless lives at risk.
In a court document they filed ahead of the sentencing hearing, they argued Hughes’ flight ‘put unsuspecting people in real danger, disrupted operations at the United States Capitol, and demonstrated a profound disrespect for the law and the legitimate rights of others.’
Hughes ‘craved attention’ and ‘violated important public safety laws because he wanted people to pay attention to his political views,’ prosecutors wrote.
Rep Jason Chaffetz didn’t like the stunt and said he should have been shot down. Watch the video:
This man was driven enough to risk his freedom in the face of an overpowering government to voice his discontent and protest what he saw as inappropriate. He did it with a smile all the way to the end. We’re sorely missing people like him in mass.
As long as the government can threaten the population as a whole into silence, then they can do what they please. And they know it. They don’t need the title of dictatorship actually to govern as one.
Do you think the gyrocopter man should have gotten jail time for flying on the White House lawn? Do you think he woke up any Americans on the issue of campaign finance reform, which was his initial reason for doing this. Leave us a message in our comments section below and let us know what you are thinking.