Guns: An “Obligation to Try” Harder.

“If there’s even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.”

– Barack Hussein Obama, 44th US President, Jan. 16, 2013

If saving “even one life” is more than simply political rhetoric or an expansion of government control, then perhaps the President and his supporters are setting their sights upon the wrong target: After all, in the United States the number of reported gun homicides are “roughly” comparable to the number of legal abortions…

Chart: Legal Abortions vs. Gun Homicides

…and by “roughly“, I mean “from 1976 to 2005 there’s been 100 legal abortions for every reported gun homicide in the United States“.

Imagine the public outcry from womens’ groups, people with a possible genetic defect, and especially Progressive Democrats and Civil Rights groups, if the emotions, hysteria, justifications, methods, and means they’re currently using to restrict the US Constitution’s 2nd Amendment were used by Conservatives, Republicans, and religious groups to restrict legal abortions. For example, it appears that while one gun homicide is worth about 100 abortion deaths, there are some who feel obligated to try and save only the one.

Now, before  womens’ groups, Progressive Democrats, and those having a possible genetic defect assault me with pot shots, let me admit that personally I have no problem with Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision of 1973: If abortions were completely illegal, it’s laws rigorously enforced, provided draconian punishment for lawbreakers, and included a high probability of personal injury or death, abortion deaths would still occur. The Supreme Court ruling of prudent national guidelines was a well-crafted compromise resulting from careful consideration of all aspects.

Sources:
- Gun Homicides:  “Homicide Trends in the United States“, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 07/01/2007
- Abortion Deaths: “Current U.S. Abortion Statistics“, as published by the USCCB.

Thanks for reading!

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