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Pro-gun + Pro-life = Huh?
It doesn't add up
A group of Catholic clergy recently wrote a letter to the Vatican that expressed their dismay at legislators who say they are pro-life but refuse to support gun legislation that would help stem the tide of violence in inner-cities. They named Catholic legislators like John Boehner and Paul Ryan who are both Republicans and Senators John Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. For once, I agree with the Catholics.
However, they seem to be preaching to the choir because a recent poll shows that 66% of Catholics support stricter gun laws.
The numbers flip when we talk about Evangelicals. 64% of Evangelicals do not support stricter gun laws and it is this group that perplexes me the most. If you talk to this group they rightly point out that most homicides are committed by criminals in the inner-city. That what's so confusing. Most women who have abortions are poor, and single.
Here is what we know: The major indicator of crime in America is poverty. Race is not the major factor. Crime rate among poor Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics are virtually the same.
We also know that most homicides in America are committed by poor uneducated males. Our prisons are filled with them. In 2010, 67.5% of murders in the US were by firearm.
So the question for evangelicals is how do you reconcile the two? Women who CHOOSE abortions are overwhelmingly poor. Their children are more likely to be involved in drugs and criminal activity. They report that they became pregnant while on birth control and many say that they cannot afford or are too young to have children.
So, do we force these young women to continue to have babies and continue the gun pipeline that helps them continue to kill each other? Or are you just playing politics with the lives of people who are less fortunate?
At any rate, pro-choice + pro-guns = huh? What do you think?