Is freedom more important than safety?
In regard to my grandson, John Henry, age 17 months, the answer to that question is a resounding no. His parents could give John Henry the freedom to drink Liquid Drano, explore the back yard and woods by himself, or let him toddle down the steps to the basement. They could give him all those freedoms and more, but John Henry would end up injured or dead.
But what about adults, by which I mean anyone over the age of 18?
Freedom wins hands down.