As American citizens, our superpower is the ability to choose sacrifice for the good of the most. “We the People” exists because men and women throughout our shared history have valued the security of our Union over absolute personal rights.
Today, we are challenged again to make the case that America is the land of the free. But the freedom of what? The freedom of armed fortresses sitting side by side on our tree-lined streets? The freedom to defend ourselves against 300 plus million citizens who seek the same security, assurances and comfort as we do?
We stand at a crossroads and an offer has been made. If you could sacrifice one thing and instantly the lives of all the students killed since Columbine would be restored to the arms of their parents, what would that sacrifice be?
A culture of violence does exist amongst us. The only antidote for this poison, however, is for citizens to lean on each other, expect the best from each other, and to sacrifice convenience and expediency for peace, justice and liberty for all from violence.
Trust America, trust our system of balances, do the right thing for all Americans.