LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Would it be worse if they used guns?

On Feb. 14, 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The deaths of those 17 innocent children have sparked protest and debate across our nation.

Imagine that tomorrow morning, 17 children were shot and killed at a school near you. Then imaging turning on the radio and finding out that this same scenario had happened at 100 other schools around the country. You think this is a nightmare but the next morning, you awake to find it has happened again — another 100 shootings have occurred and 17 children at each school were killed by senseless gun violence. Horrifically, this scenario plays itself out day after day, week after week, year after year.

How long would this go on before you would call for the abolition of all guns and ammo? Or for mental health checks of all gun owners? How many deaths would have to occur before you would demand something be done?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, an average of more than 1,700 abortions occurred every day in 2014 — including weekends and holidays.

These “legal abortions” are biased against minorities where in New York City, nearly one in two black children are aborted. Protests are organized if there is the belief that a police officer has unjustifiably killed one black man. We are told “black lives matter.” What about these black lives? Do they “matter”?

Television advertisements promoting “Truth” argue that Big Tobacco unfairly targets poor and low-income users. They argue that the tobacco industry “disproportionately affects many marginalized populations — including people in low-income communities, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT individuals and those with mental illness.” But 75 percent of women seeking abortion in 2014 were poor or low-income. Would it be worse if Big Tobacco funded abortion by forcing nicotine into the systems of the unborn?

The Union of Concerned Scientists and other activist scientists tell us that climate change will hit the poorest citizens and developing/underdeveloped countries the most. We are told that climate change is the world’s biggest risk and the work of Paul Ehrlich’s “The Population Bomb” has been given renewed interest by neo-eugenicists (one who attempts to improve the genetic quality of a human population) in controlling climate change through population control.

The World Health Organization estimates that between 2030 and 2050, climate change will be responsible for approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year globally. While no doubt grossly overstated, that figure equals the number of aborted children in the United States alone in just over three months. Would it be worse if they asphyxiated the unborn using carbon dioxide gas?

Margaret Sanger, the eugenicist founder of Planned Parenthood, wrote in the New York Times in 1923: “Birth control is not contraception indiscriminately and thoughtlessly practiced. It means the release and cultivation of the better racial elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extirpation of defective stocks — those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.”

We are told to “think globally; act locally.” In 2008, Delaware was listed by CBS News as having the highest abortion rate of any state. By 2014, we fell to ninth with 3,010 abortions. Still, that is about one abortion for every 25 minutes a 12th-grader is required to be in school during his/her senior year. Imagine if one 12th-grader was killed by gunfire every 25 minutes. Would you be outraged?

With abortion, it is not the gun that is the agent of death, but often it is a pair of forceps. Shall we outlaw all forceps? Let’s not be rash. Forceps are used in surgery for a variety of life-saving tasks. They are even a useful tool in childbirth. And, of course, it is not the forceps that abort babies; abortionists abort babies.

Would it be worse if they used guns, nicotine, or carbon dioxide? Why then is it acceptable if babies are killed before they are born?

David R. Legates

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