A very large number of you read Robert Avrech’s piece, Jew
Without a Gun, last week. Some of you mentioned how powerful it was when we
met at my husband’s North Carolina appearance. Others of you emailed me
privately. I was surprised, though, by how few of you left comments on the
Musing site. I thought a huge discussion would erupt and instead only a few
souls chimed in with their thoughts.
Without hearing from you, my imagination ran wild. Did some
of you delete it in disgust? Did it disturb you so much that you quickly
clicked on a YouTube video of a frisky puppy or a cute two year old? Were you
shocked to discover that (at least some) localities see the function of the
police as cleaning up after a crime rather than entering a volatile situation
in order to protect citizens? Are you afraid of Big Brother or social
consequences so that you don’t want to comment publicly on an explosive topic?
In all fairness, I privately react to blogs I read much more
frequently than I comment. I’m certainly not Caesar’s wife far above reproach
here. But I really wanted to know your reaction. My husband and I moved away
from Los Angeles shortly before the riots broke out. Many of our friends were
impacted, though not as vividly as the Avrechs. Yet, whether you were in L.A.
or not, what happened was a stark reminder of how thin the veneer of
civilization is and how quickly a situation can spin out of control. I tend to
think that many police officers wanted to protect the public but they were held
back by the “powers that be.” I certainly believe that the press suppresses
stories where the presence of good people with guns inhibits criminal behavior
or saves innocent lives.
Robert Avrech is a talented writer; more importantly, he is
a thoughtful citizen. After the tragic Sandy Hook school shootings, I wrote,
“I believe that most citizens who are signing petitions and urging gun control
laws are well motivated. I also believe that most citizens who oppose gun
control measures are well motivated. Unfortunately, I can’t give the same
benefit of the doubt to most politicians.… If the administration and Congress
want to exploit this tragedy, gun control will be the only issue targeted via
legislation even if others are addressed with verbal platitudes.”
How do we ensure that we create more good and thoughtful
citizens; that we have a press that reports news rather than pursues an agenda; that we don’t wake up one day to find out that we have lost those rights
that have made America a beacon of hope and freedom? I don’t know the answers
to these questions, but I do know that we need to have this conversation.
43 thoughts on “Musing Without a Reaction”
I think a lot of us didn’t comment on the article because your singing to the choir with this one. It seems like we are headed down the road to ruin at a breakneck speed a,nd the article was just one more example of what our govt is trying to take from us. Guns,money,religious freedom and free speech unless of course your opinion is the same as theirs. May GOD have mercy on us all.
I live in rural area in a small subdivision,and up to this point have never felt the need for a gun.
But as things are changing fast these day,now after reading this article can seem the need to have one.
Thanks for the jolt to reality!
I did not read your musing until this morning (busy with classes). My son is a peace officer and he is furious that the liberal establishment is trying to take our right to bear arms. Many, many years ago I did not want or like guns. Now at 64 years of age, I really think I want one. Blessing
I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying reading everyone’s comments. I do want to make it perfectly clear that I did not write Jew Without a Gun. Robert Avrech kindly gave me permission to reprint it.
I suspect your exceptional essay Jew Without a Gun drew relatively few comments because it was read largely by intelligent, politically aware, and devout persons whose repsonse would be “of course,” or “Amen.” We all understand the principles you articulated so well; it is beyond us that the left could possibly see the firearms issue as it does, particularly leftist Jews, whose forebears suffered so horribly for want of the means for self-defense. Your essay was invaluable. It reminds us of the vital nature of the second amendment, which becomes very real when barbarians among us reveal themselves. Alas, we are tired; the assualt on rights and logic never ends, only the means, the occasion, and the players. No crisis is wasted as a pretext to carve yet another slice from the firearms rights of the individual. The rhetoric (Andrew Cuomo) gains passion as it loses meaning. The devout of all faiths are linked in this cause. Thank you, Susan.
Dear Susan, Jew without a gun was truly an eye opener for me. I enjoy all your articles. This one shows us a reality of life that happened. Thank you again for all your input in my life. Louise.
I have never commented about a blog in my life. You article is the first. I own three guns, all loaded. I had two stolen earlier (unregistered, so prime targets).
All of my daughters can shoot a rifle at a two inch grouping at 100 yards. My youngest daughter is in the Army, just finishing basics. Top female marksman and number 3 overall.
I am coming to realize the importance of protecting my family like I never have before, and not just from this article. I am not just talking about guns, but also financially, emotionally, spiritually and physically.
I read your husband’s book “Thou Shall Prosper” at the urging of other writers and that is how I was led to this connection.
I had read one time that only about 10% of people do much with their thoughts, so you have hit a nerve with the posts you are receiving.
Thank you and forgive my slothfulness in responding more quickly.
I have never commented in response to any written or verbal statement before, other than voicing my opinions to my Senators and Congressman. Through discussing gun issues with others I have found their opposing opinions are usually based on ignorance of guns and history and wishful thinking. Through lack of exposure to and training with guns, they actually fear an inanimate object. What a disservice their parents have made. Many are unaware of the repeated cycle of disarming and subjegation through dependency of people leading to tranny and rule by a select few or one figurehead. It aligns with their wishful thinking that the leader will make majical laws (usually their thinking stops here) that everyone will abide by, all the good and all the bad people. If the leader says no guns then there wouldn’t be a single one, the criminals wouldn’t be able to get one or they wouldn’t use other violent means. I never hear anyone discuss elimination of violence through revival of morality and self-protection of individuals and their neighbors. When friends and acquaintances are startled by my opinions I always end by saying “It’s OK, I’ll try to be there for you when you need me.”
I did feel bad that I didn’t acknowledge those of you who did respond, so let me do that now. There are a few faithful who write comments all the time and those keep me going when everyone else is quiet. But isn’t it fun to read all the comments today?
Well, that did it! Now you got more of the response you were seeking. In your chagrin over those who did not respond, please don’t forget those who did respond (like, for example, ME, tee hee hee!).
May I re-post my response to Susan’s Musings on 19 Dec 2012?
“The urban populace tends to vote for the party of handouts, the rurals favor conservative values. Likewise, urban citizens favor control of weapons, but the rural ones support freedom to arm themselves.
My own roots are deep in the land. My mother’s country family owned guns. A shotgun stood armed and ready behind the kitchen door and no one ever touched it unless dire need arose. But it was there. My aunt was raised deep in the swamp, and she was so good with a weapon that she bested her husband’s army officer buddies in marksmanship. She needed skills in weaponry to survive down in the swamps, to neutralize the threat of an approaching bear or rattlesnake.
Yes, there are plenty of politicians to pander to the prevailing popular whim, and would take away our guns as a matter of principle, for then we can no longer stand up to the scoundrels in charge. However, mark these words well: when guns are outlawed, then only criminals will own guns. And when they come for you, by all means call the police. But you may be dead before the police arrive.
I am hearing that despite the occasional psychopathic massacre, overall violence is declining. Scripture teaches that evil is out there. We will never banish it entirely. And shouldn’t we be ready for it?”
the other comments repeat many of my thoughts as i read the article…i am a long time member of the NRA, practice on a regular basis, and have taught my daughter, & grand daughters to always be aware of their surroundings, and be able to protect themselves by running or if forced to stand, to stand with something other than lipstick in their hand..There are so many emotionally out of balance people, illegally medicated idiots, and just plain ‘ugly’ people; we need to be able to protect ourselves,those we love, and those that cannot protect themselves… It is a difficult mindset. As a 75 yr old family oriented artist it would be easy to slip into a lala land mentality… having one friend with a murdered daughter is all i have to remember to pull me back to reality.. THANKS for posting the letter Susan..hope it pulls some others out of lala land..
Thank you for all your articles. Jew without a Gun was great. I totally agree with you. We live in Georgia and are very well armed. (I need to practice at the range, though). This article was an excellent example of what happens when you are dependent on the government to take care of you. Katrina was another example. We are conservatives and very concerned with the loss of our freedoms.I am reading The Broken Hearth by William J. Bennett which discusses the dissolution of the family and lack of personal responsibility in the North Atlantic world.Keep up the good work!
Truthfully, “Jew Without A Gun” seemed strong enough to stand alone, without comment from me. I was grateful for the post, however, and should have said so. It lead me to Robert Avrech’s blog and more articles about a variety of issues which I have been enjoying. Thank you.
I don’t always comment on blog posts. I didn’t comment on Robert Averech’s post. However, I did read it to my staff and I also forwarded the link to my family and others who are doing what they can to oppose the infringement of the liberties guaranteed by the bill of rights to the US Constitution. I also quoted Averech’s article on a facebook post of my own.
That worked! I do approve comments (though I rarely delete one – only for rude language or what looks like spam)so it can take a while to show up depending on what I’m doing.
My first problem has been deciphering the “Web Site URL”. If I leave it blank nothing seems to happen. I do not see my comment posted. Since I do not have a Web Site URL they must want yours, but not being sure I opted to leave it blank with blank results. This time I am putting in what I “think” is your Web Site URL. We will see if this works. Obviously others seem to have no trouble getting their comments posted so I am assuming this is operator ignorance at work.
My second problem is time. Your blog and Rabbi Daniel’s blog are the only two I read faithfully (sometimes more than once). Actually finding the time for a thoughtful, articulate response is a challenge, but here goes.
I found Mr. Avrech’s article well written and compelling. Although I live in Texas, spent two years in High School winning ROTC marksmanship medals, and have been a conservative since conception (both parents were hugely conservative)I have never owned a gun and never wanted to. Mr. Avrech’s article was the straw that has me rethinking that decision. I am fast coming to the conclusion that it is crazy for only the crazies to have guns. I still do not want to spend the money or have the responsibility, but I may need to bite the bullet and just do it.
Truly, no apologies are necessary for not commenting. As I said, I’m afraid I lurk on many blogs. It’s just more fun when there’s a bit of a conversation going.
I believe there is only 1 good solution to the problems you are worried about. We need to “reset” the government and incorporate changes in the way it is run at the same time. Unfortunately, the ones with the power to make those changes are the ones whose power needs to be curtailed. When was the last time you saw anyone turn loose of power for someone else’s benefit? I have never seen it. I read about it happening once in the new testament, but I’m not holding my breath waiting for it to happen again. Therefore, we need to find a way to force a reset of government so the changes we need are implemented. Somehow we need to let the lawmakers know what is, and what is not, tolerable so that maybe we can rid ourselves of gangs and any kind of criminal element before something like Mr. Avrech experienced happens again.
Susan, Thanks for your very thought provoking musings each week. I esp. liked your guess writer Robert’s article “Jew without a gun”. It was not too hard to see myself in a similar situation. I believe our sense of safety and security is just a thin veneer and more of an allusion than not. We each have a God given right and responsibility to protect our families and our homes. We are our own first responders. The role of the police is primarily as a deterrent and someone who arrive on the scene long after the crime is committed. Thanks, Larry
I must say that I also admire and appreciate your passion as relates to the subject of we American’s 2nd Amendment right. I found Mr. Avrech’s retelling of his familiy’s L.A. riots ordeal very compelling.
One thing that struck me in reading the story was how the Avrech’s Offspring #2 “recites the Sh’ma and then promptly falls asleep”.
Children cannot defend themselves physically. All of God’s children can and should, however, place our trust in Him.
Robert Avrech’s ordeal taught him an invaluable lesson. As much as his children may believe that God will protect them, we adults who are responsible for the physical protection of our families must remain prepared to do so. Semper Fi – it’s not just for the U.S. Marine Corps anymore.
America’s Bill of Rights First Amendment safeguards our spiritual right to freedom of thought. Yes, it does say “speech”, and “the press”, and “of assembly” (like what we’re doing right now) but these are but the manifestation of our spiritual thoughts. Any idea, once banned from the free marketplace, the will soon become scarce.
The ideas articulated in reciting great Sh’ma are so powerful. The wisdom of our nation’s founders, however, dictated to them that “talk is cheap”. That’s why they saw fit to reinforce Amendment One with Amendment Two. Neither One nor Two can long survive alone. They are totally and irrevocably dependent upon one another.
Your husband recently pointed out that there is only one thing in all of God’s creation that is capable of evil, and that one thing is NOT an inanimate object. This rules out either a gun or a 13+ round magazine as being capable of evil. It is a human being and only a human being that is capable of evil. As Shakespeare said, “Therein lies the rub”. Too many folks today are so confused about spirituality and good vs. evil, asking them to make head or tails of gun control makes them feel like a termite in a yo-yo.
“The mortar of materialism demands the exclusion and ultimate elimination of the spiritual.”
— Rabbi Daniel Lapin (explained in his Tower of Power 2-CD set)
Confronting the reality that people are capable of evil is unsettling for those who haven’t been taught how the world REALLY works. This is at the root of the gun control advocate’s misguided opinion. Folks in denial of the evil potential that deep down they recognize lies within their own heart feel compelled to project their terror onto inanimate objects – like guns and ammunition. Of course, the leaders of the gun-control movement know much better. They know full well that it is less about guns, and more about control.
Robert Avruch’s story with its references to Nazi-era events like the Warsaw Uprising serves to put each of us on notice. Thank you so very much for posting the story. Shalom and God’s richest blessings to you and to all who choose to read and or participate in this forum.
Thank you for sharing Robert’s story last week. I know our family appreciated it!
We don’t comment very often, on blogs but really enjoy the food for thought which both you and your husband have to share each week.
I felt the tone of the story was a bit too light-hearted. I realize that in a situation like that humor can be used to keep calm, so ultimately I liked the story.
In regards to gun control, I think Americans need to shift our focus to taking guns more seriously. Gun ownership is a huge responsibility. It is for the good of our country to responsibly own guns. Some of us are not able or willing to rise to the responsibility. I guess the big question of gun control is at what point do we say we have enough control? Once we start down the path of more control, I think it can be difficult to turn back.
The gun problem is that most people do not teach their children about gun safety and the importance of being able to defend against an out of control government. Instead, society is teaching children that there is no reason that civilians should have guns. Each and every one of us can start by taking responsibility for the lessons we are teaching in our homes.
Honestly last week was a very busy week for me and since I am self employed that is a good thing. It was just a bit long and I did not really find time to read it all the way through until today. Having read it, it is so emotionally charged, I felt like I was right there with them and was not sure at first what to make of it. As an African American woman, who identifies more with my Christianity and my American citizenship than my race, this disturbed me but not as one might expect. I am disturbed that well meaning people find themselves almost defenseless against the very people they are trying to help. I am disgusted at the overwhelmingly bad and barbaric behavior I have seen myself among some members of my own race. This has only increased under our current president. As a concealed weapons permit holder and gun owner, I am outraged over the the politician’s attempts to punish law abiding citizens such as myself for what the thugs (who do not obey gun laws) have done. They are taking advantage of other people’s tragedies and preying on people’s fears and strong emotions to push their long held agenda’s through at the expense of the innocent.
Hello. I followed along with everything until I came to the part where prominent African American figures where viewed as “race hustlers.” Up to that point, I fell “off the bandwagon” so to speak. Attempting to step back and see it from another’s point of view, it was quite difficult and the observation was extremely offensive; nevertheless, he is entitled to his point of view. I am not going to make this about a race issue because I wholeheartedly believe his main point was about using firearms as a means of protection, not race relations. Truthfully Susan, my feelings got the best of me and I failed to respond.
This has been a wonderful example for me that sometimes we don’t get something because we forget to ask! I asked for comments and they are pouring in. I truly appreciate every time that one of you takes the time to let me know how you felt about a Musing. I’m also glad we have so many ‘Ancient Jewish Wisdom’ TV show viewers. (If you don’t watch TV or don’t get TCT, we have a DVD of four of our favorite shows in our store (https://www.rabbidaniellapin.com/product.php?id=29.)
It gives me hope for America to read these comments, though as always, disagreeing views are always welcome.
The article was wonderful. I am from Georgia so our household has several guns but I thought it was a wonderful picture of what going out into the world on a daily basis is like if you do not have God’s Word inside of you as a shield and guide. I read the article to our youth group and then taught a lesson from scripture on the importance of having God’s Word as our weapon! Thanks for sharing the article!
Dear Susan , I thought it was wonderful . Then I told my husband . We went gun shopping on Monday! Probably no one commented because we all saw the truth in the article and guickly went to look up the nearest gun store!!I do think we should have gun and safety classes for kids and militia training possibly also as graduation requirement ,,, I know that is pie in the sky and who wants more government interference and I agree also but my mind likes to think about how it could be done. My Dad had guns he was a hunter and my brother and I knew how to handle them safely. Gun accidents are a tragedy that can be improved. More education less Accidents, more time to focus on antisocial and mentally ill people .I love the show by the way! Have been watching for a couple weeks now and that is how I found your blog. Karen
Forgive me for not commenting last week. Robert’s story spoke volumes. I sent it to others but I do know that people who so blindly believe that
gun control is the answer will never be able to understand the situation Robert and his family were in or see how a gun would have been helpful. They also have no concept of how our constitution works or of history. They are duped and are willing to forfeit our freedoms for a security that is only imagined. Thank you for posting it. I will save it and show it to as many as I can. If they will only listen.
First I must thank you for a well thought out posting each week. You never fail to help me look at an event or an issue with new eyes. Today, for instance, I learned that I can leave a comment. Now that I know this, I will.
As for the posting of last week, I was moved to show my entire family and most of my friends. Thank you for sharing the true life experience of your friend. I can remember the news reports of the truck driver who was pulled from his truck, and my Dad commenting “Too bad he didn’t have a gun”.
I sent this article to my wife and friends and “liked” your page on Facebook. I was unable to figure out how to post to Facebook. This was the best story on gun control I have read to date. Thank you…
I thought it was a very powerful and moving story and a good example of why we need to be able to defend ourselves. I agree with everything the previous comments spoke of. I am sick and tired of the media and this administration using a tragedy to further their agenda. In the words of Rahm Emmanuel “never let a good crisis go to waste”.
I sent the article to several friends, and was so moved by it that I am planning to take a gun course and then buy a gun. I have never had a gun, but always thought – why didn’t the Jewish people and others in Europe just shoot the SS troopers when they came? I didn’t know that the government had confiscated all guns. I see that the only reason for “gun control” is the same as it was in the 1930’s and 1040’s – control of the citizenry. I am not so much thinking of getting a gun for my own protection, but for defying tyranny. I have always wept inside over the horrors of the holocaust…having to use a gun is something I would rather not think about, but putting my head in the sand is making me an ostrich, and uses no courage at all.
May God have mercy on us all.
I did not comment because I agree that the good guys need guns because the bad guys have them and use them to hurt/kill the good guys. It is pretty simple. The bad guys don’t care about legalities. This is not about controlling guns–President Obama and liberal politicians are trying to controlling people. They can’t control the bad guys because the bad guys don’t care to be controlled. They are trying to control the good guys, especially the good guys who do not vote for them. We must never give up our God given right/responsibility to protect ourselves and our families. This is not a right that government should try to take away.
Thank you for posting Robert Avrech’s essay. Personal stories are powerful.
Dear Mrs L.,
Sometimes, the point is so well made- no further comment could possibly enhance the well thought out argument.
Mr Avrech’s post is one such argument.
Without the 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights, the other 9 cannot exist for long. Nature’s Law, The Law of our Creator insists upon it.
I really appreciated your guest post last week and forwarded it to several people. One person is a relative who was in LA during that riot, though he lives here in WA state.
My husband and I enjoy reading what you & your husband write every week. Thank you for having the courage to speak God’s truth.
Hi Susan, and bless you. I did not comment because as a screenwriter, he did all the work for me. He told a complete story that happened on the other side of the TV screen that we watched 20 years ago. We saw the Denny beating from the outside, he saw the mayhem from the inside. It left me quiet. I do not know what is coming, but there are some ominous signs in our increasingly virtual world. The media is a combative place, especially at lightspeed. I don’t know what will happen as the welfare state reaches it’s limits. Will the fools at the top find new duct tape, bandages, and storylines? Will we boy scouts need to use and share our guns and food storage? I believe that a significant part of the population will continue to stay in touch with the Lord and follow Him through this storm. As the fools at the top do everything wrong, we become more concerned and look to our hearts and each other to be the government as originally designed.
I read the article last week, it was very “thought” provoking….I am personally againgst any more gun laws, the ones we have need to be enforced….
The things that make America great are very, slowly and effectively being taken away, this makes me very sad…I am a senior citizen and I dont recognize my country some days…
Sorry that I didnt comment last week, it just didnt occur to me to do so..
Peace and blessings,
Thank you, Susan, for the posting of Robert Avrech’s article. Kind of a long read, but no doubt, it pulls you in and drives the point home. I’ll do my part and share same on my Facebook page in hopes that it generates a read and opens the eyes of those who are blind on this issue. In the meantime, from a southern Catholic girl with Jewish roots, I want to thank you and your husband for the wonderful job y’all do on Ancient Jewish Wisdom. Look forward to our thirty minutes together daily.
I thought it an excellent read, point well made, no need to add to it. thats why i didn’t comment. I do hope that he is a Member of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms.. because he’d be a top salesperson~!
as to the issue.. what is REAALLLY needed is a proper education of the concept of the Constitution.. where the government.. HOW the government, obtains its power to operate, and the limits described therein.
As a Libertarian, i find it discouraging that the “right” seem intent on using government to restrict people in areas which they find immoral or repugnant, in the same way the “left” likes to use government to restrict people in areas they fear and or don’t understand.
If the Left felt the same way about Guns as they do about Sex education, every HS student would be required to take a gun safety/ beginner target shooting class..
if the Right felt the same way about Drugs, or marriage, as they do about say guns, freedom of religion and Free market Capitalism, i dont’ think we’d have many issues to argue about, except maybe whether or not we should be invading other countries or accepting illegals, and maybe healt… ok.. so we’d still have plenty to argue about..
hopefully you see my point though.
I have been lurking long enough and just enjoying your column. With your prompting, I will make a comment or two.
First of all I am a strong proponent of the 2nd ammendment and can relate to this fascinating story easily. It was very well done. My feelings about guns is they are like a parachute, if you ever need one and do not have it, it is unlikely you will need another.
The only thing I question was what kind of car he was driving. Lexus is what he said, but unless I am wrong, the first one to hit the states was in 88 or 89, not before the LA riots. I guess it was a mistake, but an excellent and thrilling story.
I read your post and did not comment but thought that it was an excellent example of people needing to be able to be “armed” if they choose to be. I am a Christian and forwarded it to a friend who has her own “Christian” oriented website, where I thought that she might post the link. She replied to me that it was an “excellent rendering of a frightening time”, although I do believe that she does support the second amendment and I don’t know why she did not comment on that issue.
I have personally tried to give some thought to the issue of gun control and one time had a conversation with my dear now passed on to be with the Lord, mother, who told me that she thought that the most compelling argument for gun control was the fact that children “find them”. While I tend to agree with her and have never kept a gun in my home, I also agree with people like Michael Medved who want to do all that can be done to protect the second amendment from political abuses. I think that the current argument for more control is more politically motivated than genuine concern for safety and I am opposed to it. While all of us with functioning hearts were hurt by the tragedy that occurred in Connecticut, most people seem to agree that the situation might have turned out better had the principal, or someone at the school, been armed to defend the children inside. I support people like retired military and police who want to have guns in their homes, as well as anyone else who knows how to use them and keep them safely as best that they can. Guns are not the only dangerous things in the world.
I am a new reader of this website. I was interested in Rabbi Lapin’s talk at the Legislator’s Conference and looked at his website when I saw your post, Susan. Thank you for sharing and being interested in my thoughts also!
G-d is good!
i just read it and thought it was very well written. i’ve read and commented much on facebook about this same thing- what would it have been like had we, as jews, been able to defend ourselves, instead of blindly giving things up when the crap began to hit the fan. well, the first round may not have had a clue, but now we have no excuse. it sickens me to think that so many jews are on the gun-control side, completely oblivious to the history of governments taking guns away from the citizens. i’m so happy you shared this and hope others learned from it, whether or not they enjoyed it or commented on it! thanks susan!
I was one of the people who posted a comment on the article by Robert Avrech. I thought it was an article worth sharing so I posted on my facebook page. I have almost 200 friends/acquaintances and only two of them commented on the post. Here are their responses. I have removed the names due to privacy.
Comment #1: Wow! What a powerful piece. While I don’t own a gun, I fully understand that they are a necessity in some places but most of all, the right to purchase legally and own a firearm if we so choose is what we need to protect. It is our right and we cannot let them take that freedom away. Thank you for posting this, Carol Brady.
Comment #2: Worth the reading and perfect point of why we do not want any legislation taking our rights away.
The person who wrote comment #2 is a former police officer, social worker, and teacher. Needless to say, this person has some experience in the line of duty and with the mentally ill.
I do not know why people did not comment; in this day and age when emails, Facebook pages, phone logs, and everything else are available to the government without a subpoena it’s a sure thing some people are going to moles rather than eagles. I applaud your posting the article; we still have free speech in this country and we need to keep it alive as long as possible by doing our part.
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