Gun control? What about word control, too?

After reading the editorial (“Gun laws; Colorado House poised to approve meaningful suite of gun-control measures,” Herald, Feb. 15), a question I have asked myself came back into focus. I know it is not wise to question the opinion of those who buy their ink by the barrel, but it is worth asking:

Did the founding fathers intend the First Amendment of our Constitution to be absolute? We know that words can be harmful, contribute to war, push some to end their lives. Some of the words I hear and read could have gotten you burned at the stake 250 years ago.

That being obvious, would it not be reasonable to require words to be submitted for review before publishing, the cost borne by the author?

Do not be alarmed. We are only focused on words intended to address the public.

Earl C. Moore