In the days following the Sandy Hook Massacre and through today there is a cry for the confiscation of guns to avoid a similar incident in the future. In taking this position the advocates appear to be resting their argument in the value of human life. That if all guns were removed life would be protected from consequence. There is no evidence anywhere that removing guns would cure the evil in the hearts of violent perpetrators.
The difficulty with this argument is the apparent regard for human life as somehow sacred. The same people that make the argument to eliminate guns turn their eyes from Kermit Gosnell and dismiss his evil perpetrated against innocent life. The inconsistency is without shame. Kermit Gosnell has murdered 100s of human beings in the name of a woman’s right to reproductive autonomy. Why is there no outcry for the elimination of the practice of abortion? Following every mass killing the cry goes out, “If just one child could be saved by outlawing guns, it would be worth it all.”
Innocent, vulnerable, helpless children…murdered by the hundreds and no outcry. If all abortion providers were removed and we could save the life of just one child, wouldn’t it be worth it all? Picking and choosing when life is valuable inevitably leads to devaluing all of life. One rule has been in place since the beginning to protect life. Do not murder. You cannot hold any position with any consistency if that rule is not the absolute. Attempting to live in a world without absolutes relegates that milieu to absurdity, chaos, darkness, and men like Kermit Gosnell. Failing to draw attention to him for what he is and what he represents and not speaking out stains us all. Let’s all rise up and speak out today for the value of all life in all circumstances with courage.