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Letter: Guns present clear and present danger

Some of the153 guns seized in Brooklyn between

Some of the153 guns seized in Brooklyn between May and December 2014 are put on display as the NYPD announce results of a firearms trafficking investigation on Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 Photo Credit: Uli Seit

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.

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