Fresh from his performance at President Obama’s second inauguration, James Taylor was interviewed by Nicholas Ballasy of The Daily CallerTaylor made a number of interesting comments, but none more eye-opening than this one: “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.” 

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This is where the problem lies. Setting aside the question of whether certain gun control measures would be effective or not, the real issue we need to consider as a country is whether we want to be a free people.

Tyranny can always find a starting place in the matters of safety, security, and the common good, and it does so regardless of whether these matters are real concerns or merely imagined. A truly free society must therefore be willing to risk a great deal with respect to these matters in order to preserve liberty, even if the concern is very real, lest it destroy liberty attempting to preserve itself.

 

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