Peter Weissman, Naples
Be brave and read
It seems that Jackie Willoughby, from her May 5 letter, either can't read or intentionally misrepresented H.R. 347.
I was "brave enough" to read the bill and it nowhere suggests that protesters within the president's hearing or within view of the Secret Service expressing their opinions can be arrested, jailed, or charged with a felony.
The act, passed overwhelmingly by both the Senate and House, only extends to Washington, D.C., what was already the law in 50 states, making it a felony to knowingly enter restricted areas with the intent of disrupting government business or official functions or causing physical violence.
It would be a felony only if a deadly weapon were used and significant injury resulted; otherwise a misdemeanor.
Nowhere does the act state that peaceful or orderly protests are illegal.
Perhaps our "ultraliberal news media" didn't write about it because there was nothing to write about. Or perhaps ignorant writers should really know what they are talking about before spouting off.