Posted July 2, 2020 7:00 am by Comments

By Ben Philippi

Ben Philippi photographed with the American Flag and his trusty Mossberg 500 12-gauge shotgun. (Photo: Ben Philippi/
A Canadian by birth, this year’s Independence Day is different for me. I was recently granted a green card, meaning I can finally move to the United States.
Over the past years, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in the U.S. and have found that Americans are some of the nicest folks I’ve met. The physical landscape and the country’s desire to innovate never fails to inspire me.
It is America’s value of Freedom with a capital “F” that excites me the most, though. There isn’t another country on earth where a bunch of like-minded people gather with a few hundred guns, tanks and cannons, and lots of ammo, to light up the hillside with tracers, fireworks, and explosives. God Bless America! I can’t wait to be a part of it!
Perhaps the most exciting part is that I’ll finally be able to buy all of the guns I want.
You see, I come from a wonderful country, but it is one that recently passed some of the strictest gun laws in its history. The anti-gun law was passed despite a petition that made history for obtaining the most signatures against it.


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