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'Pro-Life' and Pro-Gun, can't be both?
- Why Do 'Pro-Life' Pols Like Paul Ryan Protect Weapons of Mass Murder? -- The Nation
Leading Catholic theologians, priests, nuns and former US ambassadors to the Vatican call on Paul Ryan and others to back gun-safety legislation.
- Nun Says if You Call Yourself 'Pro-Life' You Must Support Gun Control -- MSNBC
Sister Simone Campbell appeared on PoliticsNation Thursday to talk about why she’s joining other Catholic leaders in pushing for stronger gun control, saying that, ”we realized that gun control is really a critical issue to move forward.”
Marching For Life?
Washington D.C was a busy place the week of January 20th, 2013. We had in second Inauguration of President Obama on the 21st, and then on consecutive days two large rallies. Friday, the 25th brought opponents of abortion to the Nation's Capitol for the Annual 'March for Life', and the 26th brought advocates for reform of America's gun laws together for a rally.
But how many people stayed for both events. A true "pro-life" ethic would place as much concern on a child, teenager, or adult killed by a gun as it does to a fetus, it would seem. The person so many of these "pro-lifers" follow spoke that, "He who lives by sword shall perish by it," and called for "beating swords into plowshares". Of course, more radical members of thier community advocate actions that if committed by any other group would be seen as domestic terrorism.
Or is pro-life movement not about life, but power and dominion. Is the goal of the "pro-life" movement not to protect and preserve life, but to subjugate women? Deny a woman the rights to her body, and as the book Handmaid's Tale portrays, you can make a woman a second class citizen.
By that logic, the rhetoric of the gun lobby ties in well. The idea they seem to have that power flows not from the ballot box, or the people, but the barrel of the gun.
At a service, we offered an intention for those who marched for 'life'. No blessing to those who marched and stood for the lives outside the womb that could be protected by passing reasonable gun laws was given. What does that say about a church that preaches peace and so venerates a woman.