The Second Amendment and the March for Life

Mark Judge Journalist and filmmaker
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Will gun-control advocates join this year’s March for Life?

Don’t hold your breath. To liberals, gun-killing is an abomination that needs to be stopped, and right now. Newtown was the turning point. The lives of our children are at stake.

Except, of course, if those children are unborn. Then it’s Newton every day, and no one says a thing.

Which is a shame, because the arguments that some liberals are making about guns are sound, and apply just as well to protecting the lives of the unborn. Conservatives often argue that some liberals just don’t like guns, and it’s that simple. I would argue that if that’s the case, then liberals have a good instinct. I’m a conservative, but a weapon that makes taking a human life so effortless is something that ought to bring sorrow to anyone with a conscience, particularly Christians. I support the Second Amendment, but I think that every gun should be registered and that there should be background checks on every purchase without exception. To be totally clear: People can have all the guns ‘n’ ammo they want. I just want the stuff registered, and kept away from crazy people. And frankly, the way some right-wingers fetishize guns is pretty sick. But my experience among conservatives is that the number of truly paranoid gun nuts is very small. Most gun owners are decent, rational people.

In fact the number of gun nuts is tiny compared to the number of people who support the radical abortion lobby. Every day more than 3,000 babies are killed in America, the equivalent of about 120 daily Newtowns. Gun-control advocates argue that technology has changed, making guns deadly in a way the Founding Fathers never imagined, and thus guns are a problem that requires sane regulation. But technology has also changed in medicine, with ultrasounds showing that a baby in the womb is not just a collection of cells. And while there are a few gun crazies who think the feds are rolling up in tanks any minute, people with an equally extremist view on abortion populate Congress, the media, academia, and the entertainment industry.

It’s incredible how well liberal arguments about guns apply to abortion. Sometimes you only have to change a couple words and they make the pro-life argument with total reason and conviction. In Thursday’s Washington Post, E.J. Dionne, the liberal who lives deep inside Obama’s colon, wrote a piece supporting gun control. Here’s what happens when you replace the references to gun control with the word “abortion”:

President Obama went big in offering a comprehensive plan to curb abortion, and good for him. But his announcement … is only the beginning of a protracted struggle for national sanity on abortion. Extremists have controlled the debate on abortion for many years. They will do all they can to preserve a bloody status quo. The irrationality of their approach must be exposed and their power broken.

Or how about Obama himself, the man who notoriously voted against a bill allowing babies that survive abortion to get medical care. “This will be difficult,” Obama said about pushing for gun control. “There will be pundits and politicians and special interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical, all-out assault on liberty — not because that’s true, but because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves.”

Kind of like how some pro-abortion politicians use a phony “war on women” to win elections.

Perhaps the worst is Governor Martin O’Malley of my home state, the People’s Republic of Maryland. O’Malley has been busy trying to abolish the death penalty and introduce gun-control legislation. Yet Maryland is the home of one of America’s most notorious late-term abortionists, LeRoy Carhart. Every day while O’Malley preaches gun control, gay marriage, and abolishing the death penalty, the evil doctor that The Daily Beast called “the abortion evangelist” perpetrates another Newtown.

So, as E.J. Dionne, President Obama, and Governor O’Malley say, let’s have some courage, purpose, and rational action on guns. Then let’s apply those same virtues to the evil of abortion. I look forward to seeing the president at the March for Life.

Mark Judge is the author of A Tremor of Bliss: Sex, Catholicism, and Rock ‘n’ Roll.