This is part two of a multi part series on two of the most polarizing issues in this country, guns and abortion. Yesterday we looked at what happened this week to set off another round of protests and anger, the two decisions by the Supreme Court. Today we look deeper into each issue and how we got to where we are today.
In overturning the New York law the Court has effectively said that it is perfectly fine for anyone that feels threatened, for any reason, to carry a gun in public. Gun owners have shouted for years to "keep your hands off my guns" as they claim, wrongly, that the second amendment grants them the right to buy AR-15's and other killing machines.
This has been debated for hundreds of years, and over the course of time, the courts have allowed this perversion of the second amendment to grow into what we now have today, children being shot and killed while in school minding their own business.
If you read the actual writing above, instead of listening to conservative media and the NRA, it says, "the right of the people to keep and bear arms," it does not say, "the right of the person to keep and bear arms." Big difference between the two.
Many on the court now claim to be "originalists". They say that they are just following the original meanings of the founders when they wrote the Constitution. I have looked into this and nowhere can I find any mention in 1787 of AR-15's, automatic handguns, or assault rifles spelled out as allowable. Yet somehow over the years the courts have used this illogical argument to let gun growth explode.
My feelings on guns have been made clear over the years here so I'm not going to rehash all that, it will not change one persons mind. What I will say is that the Supreme Court deciding that only the Federal Government can decide the gun issue goes against the founders belief that there should be little federal government involvement in states decisions, except in a few areas. Guns are not one of those areas. Let the states decide.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
This is Section One of the 14th Amendment and is the fundamental basis for many of the laws that have been ruled in favor for by the Supreme Court. These include, abortion, same sex marriage, and civil rights. With Friday's ruling striking down Roe v. Wade the Court has taken aim against all these other civil rights granted.
Clarence Thomas himself said in his ruling brief that he wants to see states bring to the Court cases against same sex marriage, contraception, and other issues so that the Court can slap them down just like they did with abortion. They're not even trying to be subtle anymore.
This issue is different than the gun issue in that in that it is a religious fight, not a constitutional fight. The whole issue of abortion is a clear line between church and state that the Court has now stepped in and wants to get deeper into the muck with other social issues. This is beyond their scope of authority.
Abortion should be treated the same as hip replacement surgery. It is a medical decision between a patient and their doctor period. We don't legislate for other medical issues so why did we even start to get involved in this mess.
Many of the states that have enacted trigger laws in anticipation of Roe being struck down include sections that make it mandatory for the police to investigate any miscarriage to see if it was artificially induced. If the police feel like it was the mother can then be arrested and jailed for the crime of murder.
Let me make sure that you read that. Miscarriages are now subject to a police investigation.
This is clearly outside of the law and unconstitutional based on the paragraph above of the 14th Amendment. States now will be digging around your medical business. Texas enacted a law that instructs their citizenry to report to the police anyone they believe was involved in any way of a woman getting an abortion. This includes the driver who took someone to the airport to fly to another state to have their abortion. When did we become East Germany in the 1960"s?
The Pro Life people have been trying to tell others what to do for fifty years now. They don't want you touching their guns but they will tell you whether or not you can have children. Also, and I'll get into this more tomorrow, the conservative, pro life right has been an active terrorist group for fifty years. They are responsible for hundreds of bombings and murders of abortion clinics and doctors.
Yesterday I mentioned that one of the things I have no patience for is inconsistency. How can you be Pro Life and at the same time be for the death penalty and pro guns? You either want the government to stay out of your business or you want them all up in it. You can't pick and choose.
I have given up the dream of ridding this country of guns and have accepted that they are here to stay. We can still enact laws to keep them out of the hands of people that mean harm to us though. I continue to believe that any decision regarding abortion is a choice for the people involved only. What I think, what you think, or what the church thinks, doesn't matter.
Tomorrow I will look at where all this is now going to go and what both sides will be taking as their next steps.