The writer of “Thinking back to nation’s founding” [Letters, July 7] wondered whether TV and radio content, if taken in the context of the Founding Fathers’ intent, would be covered by freedom of speech. I don’t think there’s any question that it is, but not if the speech constitutes a clear and present danger. As Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote, in essence, for a unanimous court in Schenck v. United States, you’ve got to know where to draw the line.
If speech can present a clear and present danger, I would think assault rifles in public gatherings, schools, theaters, state office buildings and churches also present a clear and present danger.
Leonard M. Schnitzer, Hauppauge
Editor’s note: The writer is a lawyer.