Pro-Gun, Pro-Life: Conservative Hypocrisy?
As anti-gun legislation passed in 2013 becomes effective with the new year, Magpul Industries, one of Colorado’s largest gun parts manufacturers, is leaving this floundering ship and moving its operations to Wyoming and Texas. This brings to memory the vicious fights over gun rights during which Colorado’s Democrat-dominated State Assembly made an unprecedented assault on the 2nd Amendment.
Those legislative gun grabs and other recent assaults on the 2nd Amendment by the Obama Administration, Democrats in D.C. and many states, have coalesced Conservatives as never before. Many who sat on their butts during the 2012 election cycle were energized when their right to keep and bear arms came under attack in the wake of the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School slaughter.
The Curtis Gosnell horror story broke over a year ago, and although the mainstream media averted their eyes from the 8-week trial of the Philadelphia abortionist, it riveted pro-life Conservatives over the summer months of 2013. The butchery which abortion advocates refer to as “reproductive rights” came to light in gruesome testimony. The Gosnell trial presented Conservatives the opportunity to expose what pro-lifers have know about abortion since it was fully legalized in 1973, that it is the bloody taking of innocent life. The gruesome tale of Gosnell’s filthy abortion mill and the the nightmarish headlines that followed the Newton, Connecticut tragedy stirred the command and control instincts of the Left, but also awakened a passion on the Right to fight against the root causes of such monstrous acts.
Gun control and abortion ignite passions on both sides. But more importantly, these issues delineate the differences between Progressives and Conservatives in the stark terms of life and death. Progressives equate guns with violence, while advocating abortion as an acceptable “choice” which needs no rationale other than a woman’s whim. Despite the progressive proclivity to inflict violence on the unborn, they simply cannot understand the Conservative ethos of protecting life with an effective mechanism for defense. But Life and Guns are two rights, that to the moral citizen, are in complete harmony.
Most pro-life Conservatives are also supporters of the 2nd Amendment. Most law-abiding gun owners, especially those in red states, are religious and pro-life. Both beliefs spring from Natural Law and the God-given right to life, and its geminate, the right to defend life.
For centuries the most effective and sure means of self-defense has been the gun. And the Bill of Rights ensured that it would be the right of every citizen to own and use one. Shameful exceptions once existed. And although it took nearly 200 for the spirit of the Bill of Rights to be realized, the notion that “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” has defined Americans as the freest, and most prosperous citizenry every to walk upon the earth. Government was dethroned, and the people, with their arms, became its ruler. The 2nd Amendment is the insurance policy which secures all other rights from the tyranny of the state.
Guns, when acquired and used by moral people, are a virtue. They act as a deterrent against criminals. They keep an overreaching government at bay. Moral people with guns are guardians of the rights of all good citizens. Those who would use guns in a criminal act would not be deterred by the absence of guns. They would simply find another weapon with which to exact control over their victim(s). Guns have no moral value in and of themselves. Moral people use them for the highest and most noble purpose, to protect life. Criminals will use them to attack and control the defenseless. Tyrannical government is simply a criminal state. And that’s why gun control policy is such a significant threat to individual liberty. Without an effective deterrent, a criminal state will use force to dominate and impose its will upon a defenseless populace.
Scissors, forceps, scalpels, suction equipment, and other such devices are surgical tools used to save lives, or enhance the quality of life, depending upon the nature of the surgery. They have no intrinsic moral value, one way or another. In the hands of abortionists the same tools take life. In the most egregious act in all creation, butchers like Curtis Gosnell, take the lives of the defenseless. Abortion for convenience is a form of killing that insults Natural Law, and Nature’s God.
Life and Guns are core values of Conservatism. There is no disagreement in these ideas, although they become muddled when liberal church politics, such as the specious assertion by certain sects that gun control makes citizens safer, are injected into the debate. But these principles, when distilled to their essential components, offer no contradiction, and no hypocrisy. Life is God’s supreme endowment to man. The right to defend that life is man’s supreme responsibility.
by Marjorie Haun 1/5/14