In today’s society we look towards celebrities and sports stars to be the role models to our children, but what about America’s real heroes? We have plenty of celebrities who give to charities and like to voice their opinions on what is right with our government. By all means being charitable is a wonderful thing and having an opinion isn’t illegal. Yet, have we stopped and really thought about what a “hero” really means?

One of Webster’s definitions for hero is “one who shows great courage.” Is that not a definition exemplified by our military: men and women who have willingly put their lives on the line to defend our country, our freedom, and our people? Earlier this weak a military veteran spoke out about his service, about what he fought for, and that the dangers of tyranny are not only found abroad, but here at home as well.

This past Sunday this brave veteran stood up at a Chicago-area anti-Gun rally. After politely listening to the speaker’s anti-Second Amendment speeches (one even going so far as to show a picture of Nazi paraphernalia and stating that “this is what a gun show looks like”), this brave man stood up and spoke his peace.

“Sir, sir. While you’re standing up. I’ve sat here [inaudible] and I’d like to agree with the professor. Everyone standing in this room right now, especially the veterans in the room right now, know, that we are all Americans. The problem with this country right now is it’s us and it’s f***ing them. We need to stop this crap.
Now, the thing I would like you to answer, sir. And I did go to war for this country. Whether it was for everyone in here’s ability to have oil and gas in their cars, or the banks, or whatever. I went to war for my country.
And I went to war for your ability to have the First Amendment, to say what you stood up there and said today, to write what you want to write in your newspaper, and have whatever opinion you want to have. You can practice whatever religious freedoms you want. I would like you to answer the question, since you just said that one of the rights that I went to war over to defend, that is inalienable, to every American citizen. If this discussion was going on, about your First Amendment rights, would you still have the same opinion that we don’t need that any more either.”

After a little back tracking of the speaker, who was now trying to convince the crowd he didn’t mean what he said at all. Our brave veteran simply ended with this statement:

“The threat of tyranny, today, is no less than at the turn of the century in 1900, in 1800, or in 1700!”

The applause he received from the crowd deafened anything else he could have said. This simple, yet respectful, exchange illustrates what true heroism is: One man who makes a stand against many, abroad and at home, is a true hero.

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