Since the massacre in Connecticut in December, American conservatives have been bending over backward to explain away what happened. They are certain that it had nothing to do with guns. So certain, in fact, that some have even begun to float around a story that the massacre was fabricated, and that it was all part of an elaborate hoax by President Obama and "the liberals" to take away everyone's guns. They adamantly resist every hint or suggestion regarding modifying existing gun laws, claiming that their constitutional liberties are being trampled.
Some of the more egregious examples that I have seen are Catholic priests blogging or posting on social media about guns: how fun they are, how good they are, and how noble they are. One "famous" blogger definitely comes to mind, but so do other much less famous priests in my acquaintance.
These conservative people are also gearing up to "march on Washington" this month to protest Roe v. Wade. Why? Because aborting children is wrong. And it is. But it has nothing to do with the true sense that all human life is sacred, but rather some "noble" duty to protect "innocents."
Twenty children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT were innocent.
Every child that dies in the streets of Chicago or LA is innocent.
Every child whose body is ripped apart and burned from drone strikes is innocent.
Unless you oppose violence in all of its forms, you cannot call yourself "pro-life." You're anti-abortion.
And if your first reaction in the face of all of this is to try to protect guns- as if the multi-billion dollar gun industry needs your protection- then you are, in fact, part of the same evil that makes it socially acceptable to abort babies. Because you don't value human life above all else. You don't treasure every other human person as a face of God, beloved by God, and known by God.
Every life is precious. Period. Stop. No buts, ands, or ifs. Every life is precious. If even one life is expendable, they are all expendable. And if phallic boom sticks are more important to you than a civil conversation about gun regulations that could save lives, "pro-life" you decidedly are not.
Pax et bonum