On July 4, 1776, the 13 “united States of America” declared their independence, throwing off oppression from Great Britain. The government in the new country would derive its “just powers from the consent of the governed.”

The recent celebration of our country’s independence was tragically marred by the Highland Park, Ill., massacre of seven Americans with dozens more wounded during a patriotic parade. This tragedy underscores that our nation is still being oppressed, not by another country but by a minority of U.S. senators who use the undemocratic Senate filibuster rule to block even debate on a bill to address critical national issues like gun violence.

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