Dana Cottrell (FL-11) Issue Statement

Amendment One to the Constitution gives us the right to free speech; however that right does not mean we have the right to falsely scream, “fire” in a crowd.

This interpretation was decided in the Supreme Court Case Schenck v. United States, 1919. Writing the opinion of the unanimous court, Justice Oliver Wendall Holmes Jr. stated, “The question in every case is whether the words are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent.”

This ruling has created an often used phrase of protecting against “clear and present danger.”

Let us now change one word. Take out “words,” and replace with “guns.”

The question in every case is whether the GUNS are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent.

Congress should enact legislation to protect all Americans just as we have done with car safety. No one is taking away the right to own a gun, just like no one has taken away your right to own a car.

Congress should enact legislation to: ban assault rifles and bump stocks, establish background checks with mandatory waiting periods, bar the mentally ill and those convicted of violent crimes from gun ownership, close all gun show loopholes, and establish a national gun registry. It should be mandatory that gun manufacturers include fingerprint identification systems on all guns. The “smart gun,” much like our “smart phones,” would go a long way in preventing circumstances that create a clear and present danger to our citizens.

March 23 addition: There should never be guns in schools. This represents a breakdown in our society, and arming teachers and school personnel is NOT the answer.
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