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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

America's Problem Is a Contempt for Life, Not a Love of Guns

By Rick Pearcey • December 18, 2012, 08:40 AM

Craig Bannister writes:

The problem of mass violence in the U.S. is more a reflection of contempt for the sanctity of human life than of a love for gun ownership. . . .

People who genuinely believe in the sanctity of human life won't take another life -- by gun or any other means
-- unless it is absolutely necessary.

Not so in a society that views human life as subjective and revocable.

"In a society that condones, funds, and promotes abortion and excuses euthanasia, human life is cheap," Bannister explains. "When a woman has a right to kill an unwanted child growing inside her simply because it suits her to do so, life is robbed of its value."

We note a similar attitude applied to men. "Likewise, if a husband has the right and power to prevent a hospital from continuing to feed his wife, thus starving her to death a la Terry Schiavo, the message is clear: Life can be extinguished by decree and desire," Bannister writes.

Bannister concludes: "People who do not believe human life is sacred can be more prone to base life and death decisions upon emotion, convenience, and hubris.

"Thus, when it comes to preventing mass violence, the answer is respect for life and self-control -- not gun control."

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