Freedom’s Not Free (but does it have to cost so much?)

December 17th, 2012

Inspired by President Obama’s speech in Newtown yesterday and Chris Matthews’ introduction to Hardball tonight. 

 

“In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens — from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators — in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this.  Because what choice do we have?  We can’t accept events like this as routine.  Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?  Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?” – President Obama yesterday in Newton, Connecticut
 
“Is gun violence –mass violence, mass violence against children—the price we pay for freedom? Is watching and doing nothing what we have to put up with to obey the Second Amendment?” – Chris Matthews tonight

 

To those who think a Bushmaster

Makes you a man

And oppose

An assault weapon ban:

 

You like to say

“Freedom’s not free,”

But 20 kids so you can own a Bushmaster

Is too high for me.

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 Here’s Chris Matthews’ introduction to Hardball tonight.

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Here’s President Obama yesterday in Newton, Connecticut.

 

May they rest in peace:
Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Nancy Lanza, 52
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6
Davino Rachel, 29
Dawn Hocksprung, 47
Mary Sherlach, 56
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Lauren Russeau, 30

 

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