You seem to have an idea of freedom vs safety wherein absolute freedom is the goal. it's not. It never was and never should be. It's a balance between the two. Asking yourself if something is a "freedom stance" is no more useful than asking yourself if it's a "safety stance". Neither absolutes are optimal.
You keep beating that strawman...
How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!
A general Dissolution of Principles & Manners will more surely overthrow the Liberties of America than the whole Force of the Common Enemy. While the People are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their Virtue they will be ready to surrender their Liberties to the first external or internal Invader. How necessary then is it for those who are determin'd to transmit the Blessings of Liberty as a fair Inheritance to Posterity, to associate on publick Principles in Support of publick Virtue. -Samuel Adams (not the beer)