When violence is perpetrated against American citizens, our natural response is to condemn the actions as well as the root cause of the actions for the sake of individual safety. People who are gathered at any event, political or not, should have a reasonable expectation that they will not be harmed by others who oppose them. What happened in Charlottesville yielded the understandable responses calling for unity and an end to violence.
While we agree with this sentiment, we must look deeper at what this represents. It’s not just about our safety. It’s about defending our Constitutional rights, in particular our right to assemble. Invariably, events like Charlottesville compel politicians at every level to react in ways that often lead to attacks on our freedoms. When there’s gun violence, new gun laws are introduced, for example.
We denounce any group who commits or encourages violence for the sake of safety, but we also have to take into account the effects on our rights. This isn’t just about defending citizens. It’s about defending the Constitution. We went into more detail on Facebook: