The reason why I wrote Fahrenheit is that I am a library person and I am in danger of someday writing something that people might not like and they might burn. So it was only natural that I sat down and wrote Fahrenheit 451.”

Author Ray Bradbury

NYC councilman Eric Bottcher, in December of 2022, from this ABC News article.

They say there is strangeness, too dangerous
In our theatres and bookstore shelves
That those who know what’s best for us –
Must rise and save us from ourselves

Quick to judge,
Quick to anger
Slow to understand

Ignorance and prejudice
And fear
walk hand in hand

Rush “Witch Hunt” from their 1981 album Moving Pictures

It’s getting harder and harder to read a book… and easier and easier to get a gun. Which would you rather have in your kid’s hands?