Public discourse is so polarized today that Americans can't even agree on certain obvious facts for fear that they may discredit "us" or lend credibility to "them."
Intellectual honesty is indispensable to self-government. If we are honest with ourselves, we can determine what is true or factual. However, that discernment is complicated by agenda-driven journalism that presents facts or allegations selectively and without context.
Let's consider some obvious facts: (See documentation for these facts here.)
In the debates that rage after each highly-publicized mass shooting, one side claims that more restrictive gun laws could prevent future such tragedies while the other side counters that the rights of law-abiding gun owners shouldn't be sacrificed because of the horrendous act of someone who disregarded existing laws.
As we observe the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence this Fourth of July, we should consider the unique form of government for which our Founding Fathers chose to risk "their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor" against the militarily-superior British.