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Coupled with its many freedoms, America also has many restrictions. We have the right to free speech, but not all speech.

We have the right to bear arms, but not everywhere.

We have a right to privacy from search and seizure, except at the airport.

While many of these policies are an inconvenience, or at worst a temporary disruption of our lives, they hardly rise to the level of frustration that we want to murder someone, anyone, because of them.

Politics Or Religion?

The vast majority of citizens on this planet know right from wrong, yet each week we seem to have someone who is intent on taking the lives of others for some cause or belief that they are convinced justifies their actions.

Obviously there is no political or religious belief, or policy, that can justify burning or drowning people in cages.

The gap between political belief and religious belief is a very narrow one. They often overlap.

Most of the land on our planet was taken by force under the guise of religion during the crusades, while in fact it was taken just because someone else wanted the land.

Religion was just a convenient excuse that many people would accept as justifiable.

While many witnesses to shooters mowing down innocents in their path testify to the killer shouting, God is great in Arabic, the killings are still 80 percent political.

Religion is simply the easiest excuse.

It’s a matter of who’s calling the shots.

Herding Cats

Preventing the actions of those convinced they are helping or are champions of retribution are impossible to stop.

Once in a while you might get lucky and get information that might uncover a plot of mass destruction.

After the fact the signs always seem clear, but no one acted on them. Knives, guns or pressure cookers, it matters little what device is used. The result is still lifeless bodies.

Some Final Thoughts

In my opinion, it would be impossible to create a society where everyone is happy in every way. But we have created a society that wants to live in peace, yet violence always seems to find its way to our TV screens.

Violence in Chicago has become so commonplace we don’t even pay attention to the numbers any longer.

Most people can’t remember getting on a plane without going through a scanner. Most people can’t remember going into a federal building without the need to identify yourself.

I doubt we’ll ever be able to bring society back to those days again, but until we do, going to a shopping mall or nightclub could be dangerous. And it shouldn’t be.

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