Gun control really means people control. It’s also not a new idea. It’s been around since people with guns set foot on North America. My ancestor, Philip Sherman, was a Puritan. He was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony led by “The Governor” John Winthrop. Young Philip arrived in Boston in 1632, a bright-eyed youth from Dedham, England. He left all that he knew behind and embarked on a new life relatively free from the constraints of the English Crown and the persecution that went with it. (If interested, I wrote an entire book on it, available at www.scsherman.com titled Leaving Southfields.)
How exciting it must have been with the whole world literally before him. It’s an inspiring story of the heritage that many of us share. It’s a tale of the human heart searching for freedom. A freedom only found on the shores of what would become America. A freedom almost always claimed through the use of force and secured with weapons. Whether you were a poor white guy from Europe or an enslaved African, freedom in America has always come with armed citizens standing for what’s right.
The full version of this column is now only available in Doug Giles’ book, “Sandy Hook Massacre: When Seconds Count, The Police Are Minutes Away”.