Should we pass a law? Last year, two teens drowned in Connecticut government school pools under the supervision of government employees. More than 3,000 unintentional, non-boating-related drownings occur each year, and about 700 of those are children under 14. Making life jackets mandatory will save lives.
The suggestion may seem absurd, but you must admit making life jackets mandatory will save lives. Even if the government is unable to enforce such a rule in backyard pools or private beaches, they certainly can enforce that rule at school, city and municipal pools across the country.
…if there’s even one thing we can do, if there’s just one life we can save, we’ve got an obligation to try.
…if there’s even one thing we can do to keep our children and our community safe, if there’s just one step we can take to prevent more families from feeling what they feel after they’ve lost a loved one, we’ve got an obligation to take that step.
Those were President Obama’s words yesterday in Minnesota speaking to the gun violence problem, as he sets the liberal standard of the future - a police state where you think you’re living in a free country. But we really do live in the United States of America where we accept a certain level of risk so we may live in a free state.
If you are risk-adverse living in a free country, you are welcome to change your own lives to reflect your level of acceptable risk, but you are not allowed - even if you are the government – to restrict the freedom of others. By definition, if we restrict the freedom of others we are no longer living in a free state.
Certainly, we are already restricting freedom “for the collective good” in many ways, but where do you draw the line? Mr. President, I draw the line today at my inalienable right to life and liberty. The right to protect myself and my family using methods that are appropriate for my situation. I absolutely refuse to allow the government to come into my life and tell me I can not use a specific handgun or rifle because some politician or bureaucrat thinks it’s not necessary. Every home is different. Every neighborhood is different. Every person who uses a firearm for self-defense is different.
Stand up and fight “feel-good” legislation that buys political points for politicians while taking your freedoms away. This must stop.