Is Roe v. Wade and a lack of respect for life responsible for Las Vegas?
The media hunt is on. It’s the guns. Always the guns.
But sacred cows being what they are… what about abortion?
Back there in 2015 I wrote in this space the following:
Hillary, Guns, and Planned Parenthood
The column was written in the wake of an Obama executive order on background checks for buying a gun. I had the indelicacy to note that Hillary Clinton had said the following:
“It is infuriating. Every time there is another massacre, Republicans and the NRA, ‘now is not the time to talk about guns.’ Yes it is. But more than talk, it is time to act. But Republicans keep refusing to do anything to protect our communities. They put the NRA ahead of American families. It is wrong and we need to make every politician who sides with them to look into the eyes of parents whose children have been murdered and explain why they listen to the gun lobbyists instead.”
The crowd broke out into cheers when Clinton said that it’s time to stand up to the gun lobby saying, “What is wrong with us that we can’t stand up to the NRA and the gun lobby and the gun manufacturers. This is not just tragic. We don’t just need to pray for people, we need to act. We need to build a movement.”
Unless, of course, one pipes up that maybe, just maybe, mass killings in America just might have something to do with the culturally induced lack of respect for the value of human life. You know, all those millions of abortions since 1973 and the recent revelations of the Planned Parenthood horrors.
But when the “value of life” issue is on the table — where is Hillary? Where is President Obama? Where is any liberal? They instantly get their back up and race to the defense of unlimited abortion and Planned Parenthood faster than any Republican can blurt “NRA.”
Shortly thereafter I was on CNN and had this discussion with host Alisyn Camerota:
ALISYN CAMEROTA (HOST): Donald Trump on the campaign trail has been saying that President Obama is coming for your guns, he hates the Second Amendment. Last night the president basically called that a conspiracy theory and he tried to tamp it down. Will Donald Trump change his rhetoric?
JEFFREY LORD: I don’t think so. You know, Donald Trump isn’t going to, you know, tamp down rhetoric on something like this. A lot of people are very concerned about this. And Alisyn, I’d add one other thing. After Newtown I wrote a column and did a considerable amount of research about the culture of violence in this country. One of the things that was quite noticeable last night unless I missed it, abortion was never mentioned. And there are plenty of Americans who believe that abortion, since Roe v. Wade has contributed to a culture of violence in this country.
CAMEROTA: But Jeffrey, this was a town hall on guns. I mean, yes, also the economy wasn’t mentioned, what’s happening in China wasn’t mentioned. One topic at a time Jeffrey.
LORD: No, no, no, no, no Alisyn. There is a direct connection here, a direct connection. If we have created a culture, in the words of one Catholic Deacon Greg Kandra, where human life is treated like trash, what do we expect here? Mass shootings have increased dramatically since Roe v. Wade. There were something like 109 of them —
CAMEROTA: So you think there’s a connection? You are saying there is a connection, a correlation between mass shootings and Roe v. Wade?
LORD: If we don’t respect human life, people are going to take human life.
Now we have another massacre on our hands. And guess what is NOT being discussed? That’s right — abortion and respect for human life or the lack thereof.
Wikipedia lists eight years of mass shootings in the United States between 1929 and 1972. That is a span of 43 years. Roe v. Wade was issued in 1973. Between 1973 and 2017 — a span of 44 years — the site lists 39 years of mass killings in the United States. What changed?
Hillary won’t say it. The liberal media won’t say it. But I will say it.
Abortion and the disrespect for human life is the Lord Voldemort of political issues. The issue that will not be mentioned.
And not a peep from any liberal politician or media outlet. Nor will there be.
So here we go again.
Hillary Clinton speaking about gun control in 2016 (Max Goldberg/Creative Commons)