I posted a couple of responses on Facebook to a thread supporting Mitt Romney’s support for banning the Confederate flag.
My first response was a follows:
More deaths can be attributed to rap music then from the Confederate flag yet no one calls for a ban on rap.
Later I posted this:
A few years back there was serious talk about changing the Massachusetts state flag because some found it offensive. In the end it never happened, but the fact that it was even an issue shows that people can be offended by just about anything.
Some people find the Confederate flag offensive, others view it as part of their history and take pride in it and the things that it represents. If the Confederate flag is banned, it won’t stop at there. The floodgates will be opened to ban just about anything that someone finds offensive.
I made the case about rap because it can be demonstrated with hard numbers how many deaths it has caused. So why not ban it? Again, if we do, we’ve started down the slippery slope.
In the end the shooter did what he did because he’s an evil nut case, not because of a flag. If we eliminate the flag, what do we ban the next time there’s a shooting? I’m sure there will be something else on the checklist that people will find needs to be banned.
Freedom isn’t always easy, but it’s worth putting up with the bad because for the most part what results from it is mostly good.