A friend of mine, who has Transportation Security Agency (TSA) pre-screening status, recently had to surrender a jar of rhubarb jam before boarding a flight to Texas, a pistol-packing state. Yet, a guy in Nevada and elsewhere can blithely carry machine guns up to his hotel room.

The so-called “greatness” of America is our guarantee of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” I take it that my friend was deprived of her liberty to happily carry home a jar of rhubarb jam lest the lives of her fellow passengers be endangered. Apparently, that simple rationale does not apply to Second Amendment freaks.

North Koreans and Iranians must be snickering at our hypocrisy concerning their avowed national right to liberty and happiness to pack nuclear punch. After all, given our domestic idiocy, they must consider their lives more important than ours.

Rabbi Scott B. Saulson, Ph.D.

Davenport

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