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Gun Control as a Pro-Life Issue

Don Rose 20 October 2015 5 Comments

First we should recognize that whoever came up with the socio-political term “pro-life” was brilliant. Even those of us who support a woman’s right to choose certainly would not want to be considered “anti-life,”  or coldly “pro-abortion,” so we wound up with the term “pro-choice,” which does not have half the emotional impact. Score one for those who are still fighting Roe v. Wade.

Stick with me–I am not going to reargue the issue of abortion. I want to consider the full meaning and extent of being pro-life–an issue that lasts long past live birth.


First, someone truly pro-life would support expanding free or inexpensive pre- and post-natal care for those who have little access to it. Many parts of the USA have the infant-mortality rate of third-world countries.

If one is genuinely pro-life, one certainly should oppose capital punishment–which is doctrine in some faiths, though clearly not followed by all members. As one opposed to the death penalty I’m pleased that more and more states have abolished it and expect that someday the US Supreme Court will outlaw it.

Similarly, shouldn’t we all oppose suicide–also a mortal sin in some faiths?

I think we can also agree that we all oppose murder.

Which brings me to my essential point. If you are truly pro-life you should be actively in favor  of gun safety–the term that currently seems to go down easier than “gun control.”

Gun violence kills an average of 31,500 people every year, 10 per cent of them children and teens– and more than 60 percent of all those deaths are suicides.

Opponents of Roe v Wade have invented dozens of laws and ordinances to reduce abortion, ranging from severe restrictions on the kind of facilities the operation may be performed, the maximum number of weeks it can legally take place and in some places requiring the doctors who perform the operation to be officially linked to a local hospital. States such as Texas and Mississippi make it extremely difficult if not impossible for a woman to legally terminate a pregnancy.

It’s possible that many of those laws and ordinances may eventually be found unconstitutional. But those who developed them have been remarkably diligent and inventive in efforts to circumvent Roe.

Wouldn’t it be interesting if those diligent and creative pro-life people applied themselves to devising and passing laws to restrict the sale and possession of assault weapons and handguns as a means of getting around the Supreme Court’s controversial Second Amendment decision upholding almost everyone’s a right to buy any kind of gun and as many as he or she wants?

Many ideas are already on the table: outlawing assault weapons again; closing the loophole that permits immediate sales at gun shows; outlawing high-capacity magazines; stringent background checks of all purchasers and their families. Especially interesting is the notion of manufacturing and selling only “smart” handguns that can be fired only by the buyer.

Think of the suicides that would be prevented. Consider the potential reduction in murders–individual or mass. Consider all the potential lives saved. Now that would truly make you pro-life.

Don Rose is a regular columnist for the Chicago Daily Observer


  • fsilber said:

    “Pro-life” is actually short for pro _innocent_ life. That requires one to oppose the life of some criminals — hence the need for guns and capital punishment.

  • Rich said:

    The hard-left Marxist and Islamists who infect our federal government plus the MSM media prostitutes who protect them will gleefully lie, falsify, fabricate, slander, libel, deceive, delude, bribe, and treasonably betray the free citizens of the United States..

    Second Amendment foes lying about gun control – The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting. The Second Amendment has nothing to do with personal self-defense.Firearms are our constitutionally mandated safeguard against tyranny by a powerful federal government. Only dictators, tyrants, despots, totalitarians, and those who want to control and ultimately to enslave you support gun control.

    No matter what any president, senator, congressman, or hard-left mainstream media prostitutes tell you concerning the statist utopian fantasy of safety and security through further gun control: They are lying. If their lips are moving, they are lying about gun control. These despots truly hate America..

    These tyrants hate freedom, liberty, personal responsibility, and private property. But the reality is that our citizens’ ownership of firearms serves as a concrete deterrent against despotism. They are demanding to hold the absolute power of life and death over you and your family. Ask the six million Jewws, and the other five million murdered martyrs who perished in the Nazi death camps, how being disarmed by a powerful tyranny ended any chances of fighting back. Ask the murdered martyrs of the Warsaw Ghetto about gun control.

    Their single agenda is to control you after you are disarmed. When the people who want to control you hold the absolute power of life and death over your family, you have been enslaved. The hard-left Marxist and Islamists who infect our federal government plus the MSM media hookers who protect them will gleefully lie, falsify, fabricate, slander, libel, deceive, delude, bribe, and treasonably betray the free citizens of the United States into becoming an unarmed population. Unarmed populations have been treated as slaves and chattel since the dawn of history.

    Will we stand our ground, maintaining our constitutionally guaranteed Second Amendment rights, fighting those who would enslave us?

    American Thinker

  • G. Smith said:

    Cheering on the fear of freedom are those quivering souls steeped in terror at the thought of independent decision-making and freedom of action on the part of their distrusted fellow man. These anti-freedom zealots are members of the well established international community of political ideologues who have brought you such gun-control activists as Joe Stalin and Chairman Mao. And since at least the 1930s it has been clear that even The Land of The Free has its share of these political low-lifes. We must face the fact that the anti-freedom zealots have made their American home in the left, or “liberal,” wing of today’s Democratic Party.

  • Blade said:

    I have no problem with abortion – in fact the more the merrier. The reason is quite simple really. The vast majority of those women are more likely to be Democrat voters and if they want to cull the herd of future Democrats then who am I to say that it’s wrong? I have no problem with Democrat women slaying their children. We are at war and it’s a war of numbers of voters.

  • teebonicus said:

    What a poseur.

    Lose the posture. “Pro-choice” = Pro Abortion

    “Pro Life” = Pro INNOCENT Life

    “There’s nothing wrong with shooting as long as the right people get shot.” – Harry Callahan

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