Wednesday February 21, 2018
In many ways, Americans are not free today.
A colleague of mine recently asserted, "Gun violence is the price we pay for being the most free country on Earth."
I want to challenge that myth of American freedom, particularly as it has unraveled over this past year.
Children and parents are not free if they live in daily fear of school violence. Citizens are not free when politicians encourage them to carry weapons to the market, church or workplace. Families are not free when they can't afford health insurance to deal with illness or debility. Young adults are not free when they graduate from college with $100,000 in debt.
The press is not free when the president maligns it daily or when readers can no longer distinguish truth from falsehood. People are not free when their skin color or religion make them second-class citizens. And none of us is truly free if we become numb to these chains that bind us.
I suspect that our founders would weep to see what this country, conceived in liberty, has become.
Firearms create fear rather than freedom