School Shootings, Abortion and the Devaluing of Human Life
December 17, 2012 29 Comments
This is the last post that has to do with the tragedy that struck our nation last week. My prayers continue to go out for those families who are still suffering and mourning but after this post, it will not continue to come up on this blog. Prior to Sandy Hook there were 7 school related shooting deaths from 2010-2012 (3 of the 7 were suicides on campus). Including the Newtown shooting that goes up to 34. In that same amount of time roughly 3300 babies are murdered daily in the United States via abortion. That is a September 11th every single day propagated against the unborn. That adds up to 3.5 million abortions in those same years. When students die people, understandably, scream for reform. When the unborn die at a nearly 100,000:1 ratio to school shooting deaths, it is celebrated as a woman’s right to choose. No need for reform. No need for new laws that restricting such barbaric actions. Instead we call the unborn “mistake”s and “punishment” and call such freedoms “progress”. We just keep devaluing human life by killing the most innocent and helpless in our society and then we wonder why people don’t think twice about murdering someone.
I couldn’t have said it any better than what our President said in his speech to Newtown yesterday (I just wish he could hear how is very own words speak volumes about the value of the born as well as the unborn),
With their very first cry, this most precious, vital part of ourselves — our child — is suddenly exposed to the world, to possible mishap or malice. And every parent knows there is nothing we will not do to shield our children from harm. And yet, we also know that with that child’s very first step, and each step after that, they are separating from us; that we won’t — that we can’t always be there for them. They’ll suffer sickness and setbacks and broken hearts and disappointments. And we learn that our most important job is to give them what they need to become self-reliant and capable and resilient, ready to face the world without fear.
And we know we can’t do this by ourselves. It comes as a shock at a certain point where you realize, no matter how much you love these kids, you can’t do it by yourself. That this job of keeping our children safe, and teaching them well, is something we can only do together, with the help of friends and neighbors, the help of a community, and the help of a nation. And in that way, we come to realize that we bear a responsibility for every child because we’re counting on everybody else to help look after ours; that we’re all parents; that they’re all our children.
This is our first task — caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged.
And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we are meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children — all of them — safe from harm? Can we claim, as a nation, that we’re all together there, letting them know that they are loved, and teaching them to love in return? Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?
I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer is no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change.
We must apply these sentiments to ALL children and not let the act of delivery be a dividing line between those who are allowed to live and those who are killed. So let us mourn for Sandy Hook and Newtown. Let us also mourn for their would-be classmates who were not given a chance at life and for all those who die in the womb at the hands of a doctor every day in this country. It is all so very tragic. These are all just symptoms of deeper issues that we as a nation are not yet willing to face. We would rather just legislate it all away but that just won’t fix the real issue here.