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Anti-Vaxxers: Committing Crimes Against Their Own Children

Updated on April 28, 2018
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Not Vaccinating Your Children is a Crime

It's really quite simple.

Based on all available, scientific evidence, vaccinations are effective, stop disease, and prevent death and other horrible outcomes.

Parents who do not vaccinate their children are irresponsible, stupid, and endanger the lives of their kids and other kids, risking the spread of infectious diseases that would otherwise never happen.

Parents who don't vaccinate their children should have their children taken away because their actions threaten the lives of those kids, but also the lives of other children who may be too young to receive immunizations. Refusal to immunize should be a crime. Doctors should begin refusing care to children of parents who refuse vaccinations.

Refusing vaccinations is not a matter of personal choice. It's a matter of public health. How would you feel if these children were contracting Ebola because they weren't vaccinated? Imagine that for a second, children all over America contracting Ebola because their parents just don't believe in vaccinations. Mass outbreaks in schools.

That's how serious this is.

Vaccinations work!
Vaccinations work!

Too Harsh?

Think I'm being too harsh? I'm not. It's time for everyone to stop coddling morons. People who don't "believe" in vaccinations are morons. It's not a question of belief. A person can choose not to "believe" in gravity. Fortunately, gravity doesn't care. Gravity still works just fine and will continue to work just fine even if every moron on Earth declares otherwise. Morons need to be outed. Their behaviors need to be criminalized.

So what happens to children who aren't vaccinated? Let's take a look.

Measles cases in U.S. Notice the drop in cases during the early 1960s. That's when the first Measles vaccine was introduced. Apparently if you're anti-vaccine, that's called a coincicdence.
Measles cases in U.S. Notice the drop in cases during the early 1960s. That's when the first Measles vaccine was introduced. Apparently if you're anti-vaccine, that's called a coincicdence.

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Measles rash
Measles rash

Measles Outbreak in California

Measles was thought to be a disease that had been wiped out until anti-vaccination advocates started spreading their lies and causing panic. Now, due almost exclusively to them, we're seeing measles outbreaks.

In case you have been in a cave lately, in December 2014, a Measles outbreak occurred in California, emanating from Disneyland. Since children under the age of one cannot be given the vaccine, they are at high risk to catch Measles if exposed.

Now, it should be pointed out that at least one news report traces to origination of the outbreak to an international traveler. However, the rapid spread of the disease has been blamed on the high number of people in California who haven't been vaccinated. In fact, California has a fairly lax policy on vaccinations. Now that the outbreak has happened, many children who haven't been vaccinated are being banned from California schools until they show proof of vaccinations.

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Anti-Vaccination Advocates are Terrorists

You probably think I'm being hyperbolic here, but I'm not.

Parents who don't vaccinate their children are domestic terrorists. They're not only doing the work of terrorists, they're literally laying out a road map for terrorists to wreak havoc in our country.

Imagine, for a second, that a terrorist group equipped a group of suicide bombers in a new way: they infected them with Ebola. Then they put them on planes and sent them to the United States where they ran around Disneyworld and Disneyland coughing on people.

That's a pretty sick thing to imagine, isn't it?

Well, it's happening in our country, right here, right now. Groups of anti-vaccine advocates are encouraging lots of gullible people to stop immunizing their children. Then they're putting those children out in public places where they can infect others. This is a real thing. Measles, Pertussis, Polio. These are deadly diseases that will kill people. If these anti-vaccine advocates are continued to be taken seriously, a whole bunch of people will die and diseases we thought to be eradicated will come back in force.

What needs to happen now is that anti-vaccine advocates need to be rounded up, put in camps, and allowed to let their stupidity wipe them out - watch what happens when their idiotic opinions really take hold. If they're contained, their lack of vaccinations will kill them all, and they'll be nothing to worry about. If they're allowed to continue to roam around in public, innocent people will contract diseases and die.

Polio, before and after a vaccine was developed and widely distributed.
Polio, before and after a vaccine was developed and widely distributed.

What are the Politicians Saying?

Reasonable, intelligent people get their children vaccinated. Morons, terrorists, and evil doers, skip vaccinations. So what are the politicians saying? Unbelievably, getting vaccinated isn't a slam dunk for politicians, who are posing the issue as a personal choice issue. Typically, many Republicans are leading the push to encourage flexibility on vaccinations.

Both Rand Paul and Chris Christie recently came out against mandating vaccines. Christie called for a "measure of choice" on the issue, while Rand Paul said the vaccines should be voluntary. Since Paul has a medical background, many will take his view seriously. Unfortunately, Paul is an opthamologist, so his knowledge of vaccinations is highly questionable. Both men are playing with fire, making irresponsible comments that will contribute to the risk of a public health disaster. Paul's comments are worse as he states that vaccines cause mental disorders, an unsubstantiated claim not supported by science. He might as well have claimed the Earth was flat.

So what's going on here? Both of these politicians and any politicians who make similar claims are either morons or pandering to a base of morons. I suspect it's mostly the latter. Still, the bottom line is that a nation of parents who don't get their children vaccinated will be a nation with a lot of dead children and a health care system up to its eyeballs in contagious diseases. Nobody should vote for any candidate who supports voluntary vaccinations. No candidate who supports voluntary vaccinations should be taken seriously.

And just so there's some equal criticism here. Marin Country in California is leading the way in dodging vaccines and it's widely considered a liberal enclave. Smart people on both the right and the left are rightly pointing out that the anti-vaccination cause has miraculously brought together fringe groups on the right and the left.

Welcome to Moronville. Population: Me.
Welcome to Moronville. Population: Me.

What Do We Do?

How do we get anti-vaccination advocates to accept reality and get them to stop murdering innocent children?

Well, you might be surprised to learn that presenting the facts to them is actually counter-productive. People who hold irrational views tend to become more firm in their positions when presented with evidence that contradicts them. Shocking, isn't it? Irrational people behave irrationally when presented with rational arguments.

The point of this article is that in order to save lives of innocent children, we need to try another tack: shame. I figure everything else has failed. Certainly logic has failed, so now it's time for shame. It's time for rational people to stop making rational arguments and stop being nice. Idiots are people who, presented with facts and science and data, still choose to believe something else, even if it's based entirely on anecdotes. That's the very definition of an idiot.

First, they need to be shamed. Then they need to be fined. Then they need to be arrested. Then their children need to be given to parents who will actually take care of them. It's that simple.

This cartoon is from the 1930s.
This cartoon is from the 1930s.

How to Refute Common, Stupid Arguments Anti-Vaxxers Make

I'm not saying this is the right way to go because, according to studies, when you provide evidence to anti-vaxxers, they actually become more resolute in their position. It's impossible to argue with a stupid person because stupid people aren't rational. Just keep that in mind, but here it goes anyway.

Anti-vaxxer: “Well, if vaccines are so effective, how come you’re afraid your vaccinated kid might get something from my unvaccinated kid?”

Smart person: “Hey moron, do you know anything about medicine or science? You might want to learn. Nothing is 100% effective and sometimes anti-bodies don’t develop in vaccinated people, leaving them vulnerable to the disease.”

Anti-vaxxer: “Have you heard about all the poisons in vaccines. Call me crazy for not wanting to inject all those poisons into my child. Vaccines contain mercury, aluminum phosphate, ammonium sulfate, and formaldehyde. If you injected that stuff into your kid, you’d be charged with murder.”

Smart person: “Hey colossal dumbass, are you an immunologist? No anything about what these chemicals actually do in vaccines? I didn’t think so. None of these trace elements has been found to cause any problems whatsoever because they’re in the vaccines in such small amounts. By the way, many of those elements are also in the food you eat, in much larger amounts.”

Anti-vaxxer: “Vaccines cause autism and other mental disorders.”

Smart person: “Hey, diptwig, where exactly did you get the evidence for that statement? Oh, right, there is none. It’s entirely anecdotal. So you believe internet commentators before you’d believe actual scientists? Really? We might as well be arguing about whether the world is flat or not. Every study that’s been done on this shows no link between vaccines and autism. Oh wait, there was one, and it was falsified, yet it provides the foundation for all these idiotic claims.”

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  • peachpurple profile image

    peachy 

    3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    in our country it is compulsory to vaccinate our kids until 12 years old, we have to follow the immune book.

  • crankalicious profile imageAUTHOR

    crankalicious 

    3 years ago from Colorado

    Thanks for your comments! Perhaps when a few thousand of these anti-vaccers kids are killed, they'll change their minds. That would be very sad.

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    Doris James-MizBejabbers 

    3 years ago

    I'm not sure you got my comment. HP is screwed. Somehow my comment got mixed in with Austinstar's comment when I posted. I'll check back later and re-comment if it didn't go through.

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    Doris James-MizBejabbers 

    3 years ago

    Crank, I wish your hub would make a difference, but I'm afraid it will fall on deaf ears. I don't wish measles on anybody's child, but some of these anti-vac people need to see their children nearly wiped out like we did in our family. Measles isn't "just a little childhood disease". It can leave permanent damage, like blindness and kidney disease.

    I haven't checked this out yet, but I found in an article that Justice Harlan wrote the Supreme Court opinion in Jacobson v. Massachusetts (1905) that a public health issue outweighed individual beliefs on vaccination. That was in 1905 and the issue then was smallpox vaccinations.

    It has been said that there needs to be a vaccine for stupidity, but I say that if there were, anti-vac people would refuse to be vaccinated. Voted you up and useful and interesting.

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    Lela 

    3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Personally, I believe that nobody should be having a child without extensive parenting education that they must PASS before being allowed to have children. Children don't come with instructions, instructions must be delivered to people who WANT to be parents. I think it is a crime to have children that you don't want, cannot care for or refuse to care for, and refuse to even learn how to care for. These types of people should NOT be caring for helpless children!

  • crankalicious profile imageAUTHOR

    crankalicious 

    3 years ago from Colorado

    It's a very thin distinction, certainly. And we agree completely on the point. Whether a parent refuses medical treatment for their child or decides not to vaccinate them, it's cause to have the state step in and protect the child. In the case of vaccines though, the state needs to step in to stop a public health crisis.

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    Lela 

    3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Well, there are plenty of people that refuse any kind of medical treatment for their children or themselves thinking that prayer and god will heal them. It's just stupid. Children are dying because their parents refuse care in any form. Yes, vaccinations are "medical treatments".

  • crankalicious profile imageAUTHOR

    crankalicious 

    3 years ago from Colorado

    Austinstar,

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. It's time for people who believe in science to start taking this country back from those who don't. Thanks for the contribution. I do think the words "medical treatment" differentiate from vaccines. In one scenario, you're only killing your own child potentially. In the latter, you're potentially putting others at risk.

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    Lela 

    3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Hard to believe I'm the first to comment on this hub. But I do agree that people who refuse medical treatment for their children should not be having children and they should have their current children taken away. It's a public health crisis. It's too sad that children are born to stupid parents in the first place.

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