Friday December 21, 2012

In the afterward of his epic history of the Civil War era, "Battle Cry of Freedom," James McPherson visits the two opposing concepts of freedom at the heart of the conflict: the freedom of the South to maintain and expand slavery against the freedom of all people to be free from slavery. In the wake of the horrific violence in Newtown, Conn., we visit a similar conflict.

The freedom of individuals to possess firearms against that of society being free from the violence that these weapons inflict when they fall into the wrong hands. It is time for us as a nation to decide which freedom we hold most dear.

DAVID STONE

Lee