Song Writer On Gun Control: "We Need To Make Some Sacrifices To Our Freedoms"

I can recall as a kid and young man hearing the very smooth voice of singer/song writer James Taylor as he would sing hits like "Handy Man," "Something in the Way She Moves," "Shower the People," and "Carolina in My Mind." Coming from the Carolinas I suppose made him something of a legend in this area. However, I will note he was from the most liberal part of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Following his performance at Barack Obama's second inauguration the 64 year old entertainer spoke about gun control, stating "...we need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms."

While Taylor has a First Amendment right to suggest such a thing, what I find very telling in comments such as his is that he acknowledges that the Second Amendment is about "freedom" and he states that sacrifices to freedom are needed in order to, as Taylor put it, "safeguard our children.” These are not American comments, but rather anti-American comments.

Taylor, in an interview with The Daily Caller said, "“I think the nation is very divided on gun control, but I think the majority of us feel strongly — even the majority of gun owners feel strongly — that we need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms, if that’s the way to put it. We need to make some sacrifices to what we might want to have, in order to safeguard our children.”

“I think there’s a limit to how much," Taylor continued, "I think the founding fathers wanted us to be able to arm ourselves, but I don’t think that they would have agreed that we should have the capacity to do the damage that we do have. And we just can’t afford it.”

Taylor gives voice to the very people the founding fathers he reference spoke about. Ben Franklin would point to men like Taylor and declare, as he wrote,

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Taylor is one, like many today who is willing to give up freedom for what he thinks will bring him and "the children" safety and security, but he will get neither, nor does he deserve it.

He also went on to say how much he loves Barack Obama, declaring “I think he’s a true public servant. An amazingly capable and compassionate and intelligent man and a very level-headed citizen.”

I have to ask if that compassion and level-headedness Taylor speaks of has been in force when he has attacked the Christian heritage of our country, when he demonizes his opponents, when he orders the assassinations of American citizens by drones or the deaths of untold hundreds of innocent people in foreign lands by drones, including children.

However, Taylor doesn't stop there. No, the man believes that there should be more like Obama and that he thinks we are "fortunate" to have Obama as our leader.

There is not doubt in my mind that other people in America are thinking just like Taylor and because of that mindset are not worthy of the freedom they enjoy that was granted to them under the Constitution. Also, before you blow people like James Taylor, Beyonce, and Jay-Z off remember that these people greatly influence many of the young people and adults in our culture. As Damon of Athens, a contemporary of Plato, wrote:

"Let me write the songs of a nation, and I care not who writes its laws."

Taylor has performed before Obama's first inauguration in 2009, during the Democrat National Convention in Charlotte, NC back in September 2012 and then again this year at the Second inauguration of Obama. Obama also presented him with a National Medal of Arts in 2011.

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  • EF

    In answer to the headline... "No we Don't"
    This Numbnutz can sacrifice his own if he wants to by Not Buying a gun, but the rest of us need sacrifice not one Freedom that our Founding Fathers & Countrymen have fought and died for to preserve! Not One, Period!
    Just Sayin'!

  • Politically_Disgusted

    What do you really expect from a dippy hippie of the 60's?
    Sacrifice of a few of our freedoms will ultimately and utterly lead to sacrifice of all our freedoms. That's not compromise, it's a roll over.

  • sheinLV

    Wow!...too much LDS in the 60s sweet baby James? So clueless about the rights he's so willing to give up...just too much LDS

  • SGM Bob

    James Taylor truly makes me want to puke. Why are we even concerned about what another actor or singer thinks? None of those people have real lives anyway. They just live out an artificial role for the public eye -- and then rot away within themselves. I have no patience with these half-wits.

  • Bryant David Wilson

    Give up all the freedoms you want to, Jimmy boy---but LEAVE MINE ALONE!

  • sparkplug

    In his advanced age, Taylor is obviously mixing his metaphors, the result of using something - other than cannabis - over the years. Naturally, a singer who is gong to cross a CIA operative, who is an alien unqualified for the POTUS slot, will not sing at such an inauguration. Did Taylor assist Larry Sinclair to write Sinclair´s autobiography, in which he revealed his homo affair with Obama ?

  • TeaPartyReaganConservative

    Quote-"All political power comes from the barrel of a gun" - Chinese Communist Dictator
    Mao Zedong who Mass Murdered 50 Million Chinese people

    Quote- “This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient and the world will follow our lead into the future.” Adolph Hitler 1935 Weapons Act of Nazi Germany- Dictator and Mass Murderer of over 11 Million people- particularly the systematic genocidal extermination of a whole race of human beings- aka, the Holocaust

    Quote- “If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.”
    Joseph Stalin- Russian Communist Soviet Dictator and Mass Murderer of 20 Million people

    NOTE- In 1929, the Leninist Marxist Stalinist Communist Soviet Union established gun control from 1929 to 1953. About 20 million dissidents- political prisoners, unable to
    defend themselves, were rounded up, sent to Gulags and exterminated. By 1987 within the Soviet Union's sphere of control, that figure had risen to 61,911,000.

    “Those who would give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
    ~Benjamin Franklin~

    This is what the Patriotic American People say in response to Obama and his radical anti-American liberal socialist marxist sycophants- Patrick Henry- " Gve Me Liberty, or give me death".. and Charlton Heston: “From My Cold, Dead Hands!”…

  • freedomringsforall

    James Taylor has suffered from mental illness and drug addiction all his life.

    If only someone close to him could get him not to do political stuff.

    I love his music and feel bad for him.

    I give him a pass because i know people with mental illnesses and I feel privileged that God blessed my health.

    It is kind of funny he is rich and famous and mentally ill and i am poor and nobody, and i feel sorry for him and i feel that God blessed my health, isn't God 's universe interesting.

    He is one of the only artists i can feel the heart to give a pass too.

    Most of them are just commie/socialist self-destructive idiots

  • danman1213

    Has James started using again , or did he ever stop . What a brain dead statement.

  • Libertarian58

    I think he meant to say " sacrifices OF or freedoms". Communists and Marxists always say their goals are to " save the children". . . What, by giving them a totalitarian police state to deal with??

  • wildbill9840

    What has that @$$ been smoking?