They say Abortion Stops a Beating Heart, but so Do guns.
The fight and passion for and against abortion continues with the against making enormous strides as they seek to overturn Roe v. Wade. It’s a never ending battle.
Say hello to the most recent anti-abortion law: the heartbeat bill.
Missouri, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, and Ohio have adopted the “heartbeat bill,” which bans abortion after six weeks, about the time you can first detect a heartbeat. This law essentially prohibits abortion before many women even know they are pregnant, so in essence, it bans abortion.
Iowa struck it down.
Alabama has banned abortion outright. Missouri and Texas aren’t far behind.
Texas State Representative, Tony Tinderholt introduced a bill that would allow the death penalty for any woman who had an abortion. No exceptions for rape or incest. It failed in 2017 and it failed again in 2019.
The fact that it was introduced at all shows us how much trouble we’re in.
In signing the “heartbeat bill,” Ohio Governor Mike DeWine stated that, “the essential function of government is to protect the most vulnerable among us who don’t have a voice.”
And what does having a voice matter if no one in the government is listening? Voices raised in protest or pleading; the cries of grieving parents are no more than white noise or background noise drowned out by powerful gun lobbyists.
Yes, money talks and the voice of money is louder than the aforementioned most vulnerable. That’s us and our kids. All of us. In fact we’re sitting ducks.
Can you say, “Aim, shoot, fire?”
Funny how these white men in their stiff suits want to protect the unborn beginning at six weeks, but then when they grow into little humans of six years, they are in danger of being shot to death in their own classrooms.
Funny how something that involves controlling woman can surge ahead like an out of control, supersonic steamroller of sorts, but something as basic as prohibiting someone with mental illness from buying a gun doesn’t fit into their definition of protection.
But please, protect our kids before they’re born.
I wonder what they’d do if a pregnant woman was shot and killed? Would it be murder of just another homicidal maniac enacting his/her second amendment right?
The arguments would be amazing.
Gun laws vary greatly by state.
Gifford’s Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence grades states on the laws they have, or in some cases don’t have, to control the sale of guns and ammunition. Interestingly, of the eight states that passed the most recent revisions to Roe v. Wade, including the “heartbeat bill,” the highest grade was a D, awarded to Ohio.
Their law was upgraded as the state now requires firearms’ owners to report the loss or theft of any firearm in their possession or under their control. In 2017, it had the 22nd highest gun death rate in the country.
The next highest grade was a D- given to Utah. Utah acts as a “point of contact state” meaning it conducts its own background checks on individuals purchasing firearms from licensed dealers.
A unique point for Utah is the fact that they don’t require mentally ill gun owners to register on their database used for firearm purchaser sbackground checks.
Hey, the more mentally ill the better, just give them more guns.
Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and Ohio all flunked. Big fat Fs. How appropriate.
They are big fat F’s.
Alabama, who outright banned abortion, had the second highest gun death rate in the country in 2017. They do have a state license requirement for gun dealers, but it doesn’t apply to dealers who only sell rifles and shot guns.
Alabama does not:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private, unlicensed parties;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- Require firearm owners to register their firearms;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases; or
- Regulate unsafe handguns (“junk guns” or “Saturday night specials”).
Local governments in Alabama generally lack the authority to regulate firearms or ammunition.
And this is the point: Local governments are powerless to enforce gun control laws because they don’t exist.
With all the school shootings, why don’t they? Our legislators have done more in two months to prevent access to abortion and birth control than it has in 20 years post-Columbine to keep guns out of dangerous hands.
The argument is the second amendment, but the truth is in the power and the power is in who has the money.
In 2018, the major contributors to gun rights were: The National Rife Association (NRA), $823,784; National Shooting Sports Foundation, $472, 440, and Safari Club International, $429,124, to name a few.
When our second amendment “Right to bear arms,” was ratified in December, 1791, it was intended for a well regulated militia as they were necessary to the security of a free state. At no point could our forefathers have anticipated the development of assault rifles and automatic weapons that would far exceed the firing force of local authorities.
Back in the day, Minute Men were considered fast. In fact they were the elite fighting force, the Marines and Army sharp shooters of their day, the first to arrive and go in. And firing one round a minute was considered elite!
How can you justify 18th century law with 21st century weapons?
Justice Clarence Thomas makes the claim that, “ the text of the amendment and Supreme Court’s case law create a fundamental right that is violated by a ban on assault weapons, a waiting period for gun purchases, or limits on high-capacity magazines.”
However, Justice Anton Scalia’s opinion set careful limits and stated that, like most rights, “the second amendment shouldn’t ensure the right of an individual to bear any type and number of arms he desires” and “…...although we do not undertake an exhaustive historical analysis today of the full scope of the Second Amendment, nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill….”
So saying that it can’t be fixed with a constitutional change is not the answer. It’s in the interpretation.
Stricter gun laws will not prevent people from owning guns anymore than restricting abortion will stop it. It may stop access to safe abortions, but they will continue.
They’ll continue in dirty back alleys and result in death.
But this isn’t all about stopping abortion. It’s an attack on women in general, where it will hurt us the most.
It’s a lash out at women and the #MeToo movement. Women made great strides and called out a lot the bad guys. And they’re pissed. We made them put their little dicks back in their pants, now they’re messing with our vaginas.
I’m sorry abortion is necessary. And I’m sorry women feel the need to get one. It must be an agonizing decision, but it’s for them to decide, not for me and not for the government.
Lack of gun control is also a flagrant violations to our basic right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But that’s the Declaration of Independence, not the US Constitution.
So yes, we must fight.
It will take activism and persistence.
It will take pestering our state legislators until they are forced to actually represent us the way we want them to and make our needs and desires a reality.
Abortion and gun control are both at the wrong end of the spectrum. But just like with the right to vote, women will take care of this.
We’ll fight for our reproductive rights and the protection of our children against senseless acts of violence. We’ll fight for a women’s right to choose, and for our children to be safe.
The time has arrived.
Power to us.