The Call To Sacrifice Freedoms
As the gun control debate continues, the inevitable call to limit our freedoms has been waiting in the wings. Now we have heard it voiced by a man that performed for the President's inauguration.
James Taylor has been a voice on the radio for years and has entertained many of us. Sadly, his statements are not all that entertaining these days.
In an interview with the Daily Caller, Taylor said,
I think the nation is very divided on gun control, but I think the majority of us feel strongly — even the majority of gun owners feel strongly — that we need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms, if that’s the way to put it. We need to make some sacrifices to what we might want to have, in order to safeguard our children.
When I read that statement, I was reminded of another famous quote that you may or may not know.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty.
That quote coming from one of the forefathers, Benjamin Franklin.
Whether he knows it or not, James Taylor has just defined the gun control debate for both sides very, very well. On the one hand, it sounds very reasonable to do something for the safety of your children. Of course, on the other hand, you have the freedoms we all enjoy being challenged on behalf of the children. While I am not advocating that we put our kids in harms way, I am saying that the constitution clearly lays out our freedoms and what we enjoy so that the government would never dare violate them. There was a reason that the Bill of Rights was put together was to show that the people being governed are the ones that are in charge and not the other way around.
Given the two statements, I am willing to side with one of the forefathers first over someone like James Taylor. Let's face it, while Mr. Taylor wisely says that we need to shower the people you love with love, Mr. Franklin said this as well,
Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
May it still be said of our nation that liberty dwells here.