Last week, our President surrounded himself with a group of children to discuss his administration’s plan for gun control. He tried so hard to make you feel that this whole situation was about them. He urged you to consider the implications of not acting while engaging the children and reading parts of their letters. He tried to lecture us on the importance of keeping them safe and out of harm’s way. He was charming as always, yet serious, and at times, even a slight bit emotional. He did his best to persuade us to believe we need to do this, and there is no better time to act than now.
The 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade was this past Tuesday. I would ask you to also think about the well-being of all the unborn children whose lives have been cut short in the past 40 years. I ask you to think about whether or not they deserve to be taken out of harm’s way. He spoke about protecting our children, but we must remember that this man is an ardent supporter of infanticide. We cannot forget that he has voted for partial birth abortions multiple times; and now, there is even talk of it being brought back to the table in his second term. We must remember that if this was really about the safety of our children, then he would vow to protect all life and not defend Planned Parenthood or even allow them prominent roles at the Democratic National Convention.
The same politicians who want to take away your constitutional right to own any kind of firearm are the same ones who condone the killing of innocent life. It has become socially acceptable now for women to choose whether to end the life of their unborn babies; but yet it is becoming socially unacceptable for responsible law-abiding citizens to protect their own families (and in the process are shamed, harassed, and called “extremists” all because a few powerful people want to change the conversation and now talk about morality.)
This administration is not doing what is morally right. They would like you to believe that of course but have shown time and time again that it’s really only an illusion. They are not trying to protect the children; they are only pushing an agenda that has been years (if not decades) in the making. Those 23 executive orders were not written this past week, or even this past month; they have been ready to go for a long, long time. The news conference was not about keeping our children safe or about keeping guns off the streets or even stopping the violence. It was purely about control.
If this president was really serious about protecting our children, he would have held his press conference in front of a Planned Parenthood in, say, Chicago or New York; and he would have told the American people that all life is valuable, all life is precious, and we need to do everything we can to put an end to this practice.
Sadly, we know this will never happen. But as the discussion for gun control rages on in the coming days, weeks, and even months, think of all those precious lives we lost through the past 40 years and say a prayer for them and all those who will sadly follow.
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