Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Price Is High for the Right to Bear Arms

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Price Is High for the Right to Bear Arms

Article excerpt

I've often heard the expression, "Freedom isn't free." While it's mostly used to mean that we have to fight for our freedoms, it seems to me that it can also mean that there is a price to some of the rights we enjoy every day. For example, we pay a price for the right to freedom of speech in that we sometimes have to endure incredibly vile and blasphemous comments from those with whom we disagree. We pay a price for the right to freedom of religion in that we can't have a Nativity scene at our city halls or Ten Commandments plaques in our courthouses.

And for the right to bear arms we pay a price in the lives of high schoolers at Columbine, college students at Virginia Tech, employees at ABB, shoppers at an Oregon mall, and students and teachers at Sandy Hook. As you can see, in the case of the right to bear arms, the price is extremely high. …

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