Selective moral outrage, anyone?
TO INTELL EDITORS:
After reading your opinion page recently, I felt compelled to write. Nicholas Kristof from The New York Times wrote a column that was thought-provoking, but the last paragraph really got me thinking. It read:
"If we could reduce gun deaths by one-quarter, that would be 7,500 lives saved. Unless life in America really is cheap, that's worth it."
Well how about the hundreds of thousands of unborn babies who are aborted every year? Do they not matter?
President Obama said the Newtown children had their lives in front of them, graduations, weddings, careers, etc.
He was right.
But had it been six or seven years earlier, these same innocent children could have been aborted, and the same individuals who are now screaming for gun control would have, if anything, celebrated that we have freedom of choice.
Were they not just as innocent then, and did they not just as much have all their lives in front of them?
Selective moral outrage, anyone? The biggest violation of women's rights is the thousands and thousands that never even get a say in theirs.
The issue of gun control is another matter. To me, a ban on assault weapons would be fine, if it would stop there. But the slippery slope is that liberals will most always blame guns first. Note that the Virginia Tech shooter killed more people than the one in Sandy Hook and he did not use an assault rifle. He used handguns.
So, what would be the next step? Banning all semi-automatic weapons? Understand that this would include 99.9 percent of handguns.
Even with that as a law, some person could still take a pump-action shotgun that holds up to six rounds, fill it with buckshot and still lay waste to large numbers of innocent people, because he would not have to empty it before reloading.
The other problem with all these laws would be that these killers don't really seem to mind breaking the law.
The bottom line is it is far more important to change the culture of violence. We tossed God out of our schools and replaced him with what?
Final thought: During the unveiling of operation "Fast and Furious" and the investigation of Eric Holder, which was ultimately blocked by the president, some of the very same journalists who now are screaming gun control maintained a deafening silence then.
Selective moral outrage, indeed.