Mass shootings on rise since Roe v. Wade: Planned Parenthood as the NRA of Abortion?
By Jeffrey Lord
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Read that last line again:
We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.
Is this President really undergoing a Nixon-goes-to-China style change on abortion? Is this President really ready to take on the powerful abortion lobby that has so fiercely fought for his own election? Is he really, seriously, ready to challenge the values of a culture of violence that so many millions, including another president and a Pope, have repeatedly said features the most ferociously violent attacks on the most innocent in any society — the unborn child?
Call me skeptical, but I doubt what we heard in Newtown from the President is a declaration that he will now seriously discuss abortion, an issue which he famously declared in his 2008 appearance with Pastor Rick Warren to be “above my pay grade.”
But whether the President — post-Newtown — has finally mustered the courage at the dawn of his second term to address this or not, let’s take a look at some interesting and rarely if ever spoken issues about the American culture of violence. Unspoken because for liberals in America these thoughts are deeply politically incorrect.
Let’s start with this shocking fact.
When one looks at available statistics, in all of American history since these kind of events began to be recorded, (roughly 1863) there is one very interesting find.
From 1863 until 1972 — the last year before Roe v. Wade — in all those 109 years there were 36 mass murder rampages, and that’s before one adds in school shootings of the kind that went on in Newton this last week.
Since 1973, and Roe v. Wade was decided in January of that year, there have been a shocking 54 rampages. Which is to say there have been 54 of these things in the mere 39 years since Roe v. Wade.
And as mentioned that doesn’t count the school massacres in the U.S. Counting Newtown there have been 5. Before 1973 there was one in 1927 Michigan (where the killer used not bullets but dynamite) and another at the University of Texas in 1966. Since 1973 there have been three — Newtown, Columbine, and Virginia Tech.
Which is to say in all of the recorded American history of school massacres from the time records were first kept, until 1973 — there were but two instances of this. Since 1973, in a mere 39 years there have been three.
The Post decries “political cowardice” in dealing with gun laws. The Times, without the slightest sense of irony — really — actually says:
There is no crime greater than violence against children….
Times columnist Charles Blow — again without the slightest sense of irony — talks about “A Tragedy of Silence” while quoting the leftist Mother Jones magazine about all the mass shootings that magazine has counted (their number is 61) “over the last 30 years.” Meaning columnist Blow makes the point without even realizing he has made it: those mass shooting have occurred in the world created by Roe v. Wade 39 years ago.
Perhaps more ironic still is a Times column from the paper’s Gail Collins. Collins begins by focusing on Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, the Long Island nurse-turned-congresswoman. McCarthy ran for Congress after her husband died and her son was badly injured in one of those post-Roe v. Wade mass shootings, this particular one on the Long Island Railroad.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?