Regarding (Tom McDonald’s column) “Free Speech and Gun Rights” in the Jan 7 paper:
I’m disappointed in the way you cherry-picked the facts when drawing comparisons between proponents of free speech and gun rights.
It is a fact that gun rights advocates have accepted the prohibition of ownership of automatic weapons, such as machine guns, just as free speech advocates have accepted prohibition of “yelling ‘fire in’ a crowded theater.” I dare say that free speech advocates would howl just as loudly as the NRA if Congress were to suddenly move to curtail free speech rights in the same manner they have gone after gun rights in recent years.
If this is not so, let’s see significant numbers of editors call for sanctions of the New York newspaper that published the names and addresses of all those private citizens who legally own guns. The paper was within its rights to publish those names, but they sure violated the right to privacy of a whole lot of law-abiding citizens.