The outcry over the devastating murders of the children at Sandy Hook, the teens at Columbine, the college-age students at Virginia Tech, as well as the many deaths that children and teens suffer from gunshot wounds, continues. These crime scenes are splashed about the news media, parent-teacher conferences, and congressional buildings.
Each death is an insult to our very fiber as we mentally visualize a child’s bleeding body on a front porch, schoolyard or classroom. However, when the murder of hundreds of thousands of children occurs on the cold, steel slab of an operating table and the public does not have to experience the loss of blood and life in a more personal way, we avert our eyes and turn away from the least protected and most innocent among us.
In 2008, 825,564 abortions were reported to the Centers for Disease Control, while the Children’s Defense Fund reported that 2,947 children and teens died from guns. An individual’s right to legally keep or end the life of an unborn child and an individual’s right to keep and defend their own with legally purchased guns are not the real grounds of our anguish. America has lost her ability to teach and conform to ideals of right and ethical human conduct.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.