Given the choice, with help from conservative courts and Second Amendment true believers, the country is choosing personal freedom over public safety, giving some of its people a feeling of liberty, but also causing many people to die in the process. — Zachary B. Wolf, CNN Politics Senior Writer
Given the choice, with help from conservative courts and Second Amendment true believers, the country is choosing personal freedom over public safety, giving some of its people a feeling of liberty, but also causing many people to die in the process. — Zachary B. Wolf, CNN Politics Senior Writer
On guns and Covid, it's liberty over lives
America's longest war isn't in Afghanistan, it's right here at home.

Far more deadly and uniquely American than any military conflict, the US gun war is raging in US cities and suburbs, in schools, and offices, at churches and grocery stores.

Americans who didn't volunteer for duty are on the front lines and dying for your freedoms every single day.

... The "liberty" promised by the Declaration of Independence is interfering with the "life" and the "pursuit of happiness" in ways the Founding Fathers could never have imagined.

While there is some small movement in Congress toward new background check measures, there remains a sacrosanct belief in an inalienable right to weaponry in portions of the country, abetted by the Supreme Court's interpretation that the Second Amendment has more to do with individuals and handguns than a well-regulated militia.

Protecting the Second Amendment at all costs is written in stone on the Republican political platform and even most Democrats are unwilling to address the root cause of gun violence, which is not that the wrong people have guns, but that there are so very many guns that are so very easy to obtain. The majority of gun deaths, after all, are suicides.

While the segments of American society trying to protect the Second Amendment may worry about the government taking their guns, Black Americans need to be seriously worried about the government taking their lives.

... The spirit of those Second Amendment arguments is evident in a new interest in the First Amendment, which protects the rights of assembly and worship -- rights that some Americans feel are being overrun by state orders and recommendations to practice social distancing during the pandemic.


... The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases laid out reality.

"Right now, we have about 60,000 infections a day, which is a very large risk for resurge. We're not talking about liberties. We're talking about a pandemic that has killed 560,000 Americans," said Fauci, who later said his "best estimate" would be to have the number of infections per day "well below" 10,000.

It's hard to separate these two crises. Dr. Leana Wen, the former health commissioner for Baltimore and a CNN medical analyst, was asked by CNN's Kate Bolduan about gun violence just after speaking about Covid on Friday.

"I'm an ER doctor," she said. "We undoubtedly understand that gun violence is a health emergency. It's also a public health emergency." She said the government needs to use tools to address the crisis and compared the regulation of guns to the regulation of cars.

"We're not trying to ban cars. We're trying to use seat belts and drunk driving laws to make it safer. That's the same approach that we need to use for gun violence as well," she said.

... The gun war is already a much larger multi-generational undertaking if you place the start at Columbine in 1999 and consider Sandy Hook, Las Vegas and the Pulse Nightclub as major battles.

The toll of this war is horrible and there is no end in sight.
Read the full article: https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/17/politics/mass-shootings-covid-personal-freedoms/index.html