Be prepared to fight for individual freedom

info@islandpacket.comOctober 20, 2013 

For many Americans, owning a gun is second nature. It's become part of our culture. The idea that politicians could limit what some view as a basic American right is deemed unfathomable. However, the larger issue is not gun control, but the loss of individual freedom.

For many, owning a gun fulfills a primordial need for security. Villains are a fact of life and will always be dangerous. So the issue is: Do we abuse the constitutional rights of the majority because we fear the evil imposed by a few? Americans have paid a high price for freedom and should not be intimidated by liberal socialists who would like to remake the U.S. into a European look-alike.

History has taught us that when citizens ignore the loss of basic individual rights, catastrophe soon follows. We often wonder why past generations let terrible events happen with no apparent resistance. If U.S. citizens keep accepting socialistic governmental actions implemented "for our own good" by deceitful politicians, then we will see firsthand what the Germans and Italians experienced decades ago.

It may be that humans are conditioned or programmed to think and act in certain patterns, and nothing can change nature. Let's hope not. We do not want to be the next forgotten generation. Spanish philosopher George Santayana said: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Clifton J. Jestere

Bluffton

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