Right To Life After Birth

Four HorsemenI fully believe that a woman has sovereignty over her own body and that a gang of old white men should keep their meddling misconceptions out of a woman’s way. But I wonder if this is the most efficacious dialogue we can have to support such controversial subjects as birth control or abortion?

We do hear some progressives recognizing that the typical right-to-life advocate is only concerned with promoting life up until birth. After a baby is born it drops off the conservative radar and can undergo any and all pain and suffering, including death, without the right-to-lifers even giving notice.

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Your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights

UCSBThe killing rampage in Santa Barbara this last week has been adequately, if not overly, covered by all the major news services from print to television and maybe even a newsreel preceding the latest cartoon-superhero-remake-extravaganza playing down at the multiplex. Since I tend to listen to the radio each morning while performing my chores, I have heard responses from the denizens of this country (we must have a lot of rocks around for them to crawl out from under) that touch on all aspects of the tragedy … but most are knee-jerk defenses of the American right to own handguns and other forms of man-killing fires-sticks.

But two quotations stick out in my mind and I’d like to document them here.

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Gun Liability Laws

GunsListening to the radio today I heard a reasonable suggestion for the control of guns in this country which removes the problem of being associated with government control. Furthermore, the capitalists should greatly benefit from the suggestion since it will open up a new revenue stream for the insurance industry.

It’s reasonably simple: do not restrict guns but make it a requirement to maintain liability insurance on each gun. This would be controlled by the insurance industry. Costs would, like all insurance, be based on the liability being insured; in other words, if you are a certified gun enthusiast, the insurance will be inexpensive, but if you have instances of domestic violence on your police record, the insurance might be so expensive that it makes gun ownership prohibitive. It is reasonable to assume the insurance companies will need to maintain a complete database to identify the guns they insure but since the government will not provide this function, there will be no objection (after all, the most comprehensive database of gun owners is at the NRA and no one complains about that).

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