The Facebook Post Taking The Gun Debate By Storm: Gun Laws Should Be Like Abortion Laws

After yet another horrific gun massacre in the United States, how to stop these incidences from occurring is still being vehemently debated. It seems our politicians can’t agree on ANY sort of solution, because one side of the debate is too worried about getting elected, or reelected, or being shunned by the NRA.

However, there is currently a Facebook post being circulated that offers a pretty great solution, and it also points out how horribly women are treated and how many hurdles they have to jump through to have control over their own body.

The post reads:

“Or, hey, how about we treat every young man who wants to buy a gun like every woman who wants to get an abortion — mandatory 48-hr waiting period, parental permission, a note from his doctor proving he understands what he’s about to do, a video he has to watch about the effects of gun violence, an ultrasound wand up the ass (just because). Let’s close down all but one gun shop in every state and make him travel hundreds of miles, take time off work, and stay overnight in a strange town to get a gun. Make him walk through a gauntlet of people holding photos of loved ones who were shot to death, people who call him a murderer and beg him not to buy a gun.

I makes more sense to do this with young men and guns than with women and health care, right? I mean, no woman getting an abortion has killed a room full of people in seconds, right?”

 

I’m not the author of this quote, it’s just something I came across and shared. I wish I could take credit, it’s kind of…

Posted by Brian Murtagh on Friday, October 2, 2015

Absolutely brilliant.

The man who posted this points out that this may not have been an original idea, and might have come from a 2013 Examiner article written by William Hamby. However, it is still a great reminder of the idea nonetheless.

Hamby writes:

“It’s true, of course. Legislators have made lots of “extra-constitutional” laws and regulations about abortion. That’s what we’re talking about in the first place. They’ve worked long and hard to give pharmacists the right to refuse to sell morning-after pills if they don’t want to. If this practice were instituted by every pharmacist in a state, it would effectively make it impossible to buy morning-after pills. (What might Republicans say if Democrats circumvented the right to sell or own guns in the name of preserving human life?) Oh, and there’s another uncomfortable bit: Elected officials in at least 8 states have sworn not to enforce gun laws passed by the federal government.”

And as Republicans are currently ignoring the latest shooting by saying things like, “stuff happens,” they are simultaneously pushing to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict a woman’s legal right to choose.

Imagine if the shooter that walked into a classroom in Oregon had to go through the same rigmarole to get guns as a woman does for an abortion?

The fact that this idea has to be brought up in the first place just shows how horrific we treat both issues. We, as a nation, make it harder to get an abortion than get a gun. And while gun rights are listed in the Constitution, ownership of firearms is to be well regulated.

The time to tackle gun violence is now. And the time to let women control their own bodies has long been decided– abortion is legal.

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