We would do the young victims of the Newtown shootings no honor by frantically enacting futile restrictions on freedom.
 
It may be satisfying to “do something.” But two things ought to be kept in mind. First, liberty is never more in peril than when politicians sense that the people want them to do something — anything. Second, a false sense of security is worse than no security at all.

If it’s so dangerous to identify homes that are “gun-free” zones, why do we do it to our schools? Unlike private residences, a criminal can actually bank on a school being gun free and thus soft-target rich. And we not only ensure this is the case, we, incredibly, announce it to the world.

The gospel of Matthew (26:52) tells us that Jesus rebuked Peter, saying, “Put up again thy sword into its place: for all that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” Quite a pacifist message, huh? Yet Peter only had a sword to draw because he had one on his person — and Jesus obviously took no issue with this.

It has become typical in school textbooks and elsewhere to diminish the words and actions of America's Founding Fathers. But consider the warnings of Thomas Jefferson and their relevancy to today.

Walter E. WilliamsIt's good to have hope, but if we're going to be realistic, there's little chance for Middle East emergence of what we in the West call democracy.

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