Hypocrite

And these are our kids. This is what they’re thinking about.

And so what we should be thinking about is our responsibility to care for them and shield them from harm and give them the tools they need to grow up and do everything that they’re capable of doing, not just to pursue their own dreams but to help build this country. This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe.

This is how we will be judged. And their voices should compel us to change.

President Barack Obama

So…. how about the 3000+ children killed by abortions (census.gov) each day in the US? According to that census.gov data, that’s 1.2 million abortions per year. Compare that to the 543 people that have been killed in mass shootings over the past 20 years. So about 27 people killed in mass shootings per year versus 1.2 million abortions per year. This isn’t minimizing, it’s perspective on the killing of innocent lives (children or otherwise) and what is truly a culprit.

Where is your outrage?

Where is your responsibility to care for them, to shield them from harm, to give them not just the tools to grow up but even the chance to be born to they can pursue dreams to help build this country.

Why is this not your first task?

And yes… this IS how you will be judged.

If you want to talk about how “if it saves just one life then it’s worth it”, then I reckon banning abortion ought to be pretty damn worth it, eh?

7 thoughts on “Hypocrite

    • Yup. And those numbers come from census.gov and the CDC. So it’s not like it’s some pro-life/anti-abortion group biasing the numbers.

      Really, my larger point isn’t so much about abortion but perspective. Heck, here’s more from the CDC about teenage drivers:

      Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens.1 In 2010, seven teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.2 Fortunately, teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road.

      How big is the problem?
      In 2010, about 2,700 teens in the United States aged 16–19 were killed and almost 282,000 were treated and released from emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor-vehicle crashes.1

      Young people ages 15-24 represent only 14% of the U.S. population. However, they account for 30% ($19 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28% ($7 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among females.

      So while not as staggering a number and even drawing from a much smaller pool (just people aged 16-19), 2700 killed a year. That’s still more in 1 year than 20 years of mass shootings. So if we really want to save these lives, why aren’t we banning cars? Or banning teenagers from driving? or putting governors on the car engines driven by teenagers to limit them to 7 MPH? or having teenagers get background checks? and the list goes on…..

  1. We don’t ban those things because this isn’t all about guns. This is very much about not liking the type of people who have guns. As Cuomo said, “The good people won” in NYS. Ergo Gun owners are bad.

  2. I’ll sound like a horrible person here but I’ll carry on none-the-less.

    The significant reduction in the violent crime rate during our lifetime in the United States is commonly attributed to three things.
    1) Relaxed gun control laws, and specifically Carry Concealed laws became common in the past thirty years.
    2) Reduced Lead in the environment resulting from bans on leaded gasoline and lead in household paints.
    3) Convenient access to abortions. There’s 1 million fewer unwanted kids per year running around causing violent crime.

    [citations needed], I know.

    Abortions are grisly and I, personally, believe they are wrong. Doubly wrong when contraception is cheap, easy, and ubiquitous. However, I don’t think the comparison between an abortion and a homicide is apt.

    I think there is a world of difference between killing a sentient being and [killing|removing|destroying] a mass of cells that would probably eventually become a sentient being. Personally, they’re both generally on the wrong side of the morality line for me, but I could understand if someone else drew that line between those two killings.

    • Yeah, I knew that bringing out the abortion topic would be a little controversial here, and for the reasons you mention.

      But it’s also related, at least in political topic. Painting with a broad brush, you tend to find those pro-gun are also anti-abortion, and those anti-gun are also pro-abortion. So it makes for an interesting contrast — if you think preserving innocent life is important, shouldn’t it be that way across the board?

      Part of the pro-abortion mantra is “a woman’s right to choose” and “my body, my choice”. So shouldn’t a woman also be provided with the right to choose how to protect her body?

      But that’s why I offered up (in above comments) the stats about the leading killer of teenagers being car accidents. And if I wanted to go on, we can look at CDC stats about what kills more children per year… and guns are pretty low on the list. But again, those just don’t grab the headlines….

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