Different Kind of Atrocity
President Obama certainly deserves credit for his actions attempting to place restrictions on ownership of certain types of guns, especially those with ammunition clips in excess of ten rounds.
He was wise in announcing that “No law or set of laws can prevent every senseless act of violence completely.”
What happened in Newtown resulting in the deaths of 20 first-grade children and six adults was indeed senseless. I would think that everyone can sympathize with the people of that community, especially with those who lost loved ones, even though we have difficulty imagining the extent of the hurt and sadness they experienced. The tragedy left the entire country with the thought that something needed to be done to prevent another terrible episode like it.
The president said action needed to be taken to protect the “most vulnerable people in our society,” meaning schoolchildren. Children in classrooms and people gathered in close quarters such as theaters are accurately “very” vulnerable to mentally deranged acts of violence.
When he said “most” vulnerable, the thought occurred to me that term should be reserved to the children in the womb whose lives are snuffed out by a medical procedure sought by the mother and approved by seven Supreme Court Justices. The Court said that the right to an abortion must be balanced against the state’s interest in protecting prenatal life and protecting woman’s health. Protection of prenatal life seems to have been forgotten.
The most recent count is that the lives of 53 million children have been ended since that decision was handed down, yet there is no widespread uproar. Ironically, the death of 20 children has caused people to call out, “Something must be done.”
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