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This year it’s hard to celebrate our independence, being an American just doesn’t feel quite as independent or free as they tell me that it should. Not for everyone.
I come from a community where the 2nd amendment is king. Gun ownership is the law here, literally. All residents are required to own a gun, unless they don’t want one or can’t have one. Yes, a law requiring you to do something unless you don’t want to had no real teeth. We’re aware.
But our town leaders wanted b to make a statement, and so they did. So, own a gun or don’t, it doesn’t really matter.
I’ve always been puzzled by those who worship the 2nd amendment but ignore the 1st. If I had to choose between three two amendments, I’d go with the 1st every time. It had to be first for a reason, right?
Not everyone appreciates their rights to freedom of speech. Most people don’t really think about it at all until they have a reason to. It’s one of those things you don’t notice until it’s gone.
I’m a writer.
Words are my life, and have been for some time. Though my words haven’t always been welcome, they’ve always been free.
I’ve always been very aware of the fact that every right comes with its own responsibility. Every writer must be aware of that line. Words can just as easily be a weapon. Words can heal, but they can hurt just as easily.
My rights end where another’s begin, and their rights endm the same.
There are a lot of words flying around these days. Everyone has an opinion it seems. While I’m usually an opinionated person myself, I’ve been trying to listen more these days.
Sometimes the most important thing you can give someone is your attention.
Yes, I’m deeply saddened by the state of my country right now but I’ve also been expecting it got a very long time. You don’t have to be a psychic to tell the future, you just have to know the past. History has shown us that change only happens when the voices become too loud to ignore.
The voices of freedom and independence grow louder. Now is the time to listen.