Gun violence is a pro-life issue

Among the most pressing questions facing our country right now is whether or not the right for everyday citizens to own military-grade weaponry with high capacity magazine clips is more important than the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for America’s children.

This is a pro-life issue.

Throughout history, blood sacrifices in various cultures have been made in the name of a supposed greater good. Sometimes this has even included child sacrifice.

When we as modern people look back on these problematic practices, we view them with the horror they deserve. Yet when similar things take place in our day and time, we frequently fail to see them for what they truly are.

Right now, much of the propaganda we hear in defense of military-grade weaponry is predicated on the idea that the right to own military-grade killing machines is more valuable than the lives of precious children whose spilled blood continues to cry out from the ground.

In the name of a bastardized and idolic interpretation of the Second Amendment, we are told this is the greater good to which we must bow; the blood sacrifice of these children is the price to pay to preserve our addiction to military-grade weaponry.

Yet it’s this addiction that provides a false sense of security. It’s this addiction that leads us to bow at the altar of death. It’s this addiction that makes us monstrous.

While we rightly condemn the actions of mass shooters, we fail to remedy the conditions that make mass shootings possible. Which makes us complicit until we do something about it.

Those of us who identify as pro-life must care every bit as much about preserving the lives of children after they are born as before they are born.

As things stand, the conventional yet epistemologically, empirically, and morally flawed view propagated by those worshipping military-grade weaponry is that the right to own military grade killing machines preserves rather than destroys life.

However, the opposite is true: military-grade weaponry among the populace destroys many more lives than it saves, including the destruction of the fundamental right of schoolchildren to live. This is wrong.

A person hellbent on acting maliciously can murder far more people with military-grade weaponry than with a knife.

Nations that promote responsible gun ownership (by keeping the massive proliferation of military-grade weaponry in check) have drastically fewer deaths from mass shootings than the U.S.

If you say that changing the law is unnecessary because criminals will always find ways to break the law, then you are arguing against the purpose of having any laws.

Until we believe that the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for America’s children is more important than the right to own military-grade weaponry, then we continue to serve the gods of death.

Let us join the chorus of so many brave young people leading the way and say, Never Again.

This article originally appeared in the Springfield News-Leader.

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