A false empowerment of a citizenry due to a misguided interpretation of a constitutional right rooted in a partisan control of a judiciary is cause for a larger concern.

We are no longer a free nation but one imprisoned by a perpetual fear of an armed citizenry. Instead of being able to enjoy unfettered freedom of movement, we must expend an inordinate amount of resources to ensure a safe society.

We are not free when we must design public buildings and schools to “imprison” our children in classrooms — not a conducive environment for higher learning.

Sorry, but I must adhere to brevity as I need to spend time on the construction of a moat surrounding my house as I now fear there are too many armed brethren in the name of freedom!

Dino Joannides is a resident of Westport Island.