Parallels Between Abortion Debate and the Gun Debate

Both are Asserted As Rights Guaranteed by the Bill of Rights

  • The “right to privacy” is a Supreme Court interpretation of the 9th and 10th amendments to the Constitution. You’ll find no “right to privacy” language in those amendments  but that is how the court has applied it. 
  • The “right to bear arms” from the second amendment doesn’t mention “guns” at all. “Arms” is a broad category that includes guns, along with nuclear weapons, hand grenades, explosives, artillery, and pointed sticks. Historical scholars have long known the amendment was a statement against standing armies in favor of citizen militias. The Supreme Court has applied this as a right by individual citizens to own guns.

Reasonable Progress In Both Areas is Hindered by Hard-Liners Decrying Loss of Rights and a Slippery Slope Argument

  • I believe a majority of Americans would like to see a reduction in the number of abortions through a variety of social and legal means. 
  • I believe a majority of Americans would like to see a reduction of the number of guns in circulation, and the capacity of those weapons to be used illegally through a variety of social and legal means.
  • There are political forces that hinder the passing of reasonable, measured, legitimate legislation by arguing that ANY legal restriction on abortion or gun ownership is a threat to a cherished constitutional right which would lead to a diminishment of our nation, our culture, and our tradition of protection of individual rights.

 

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One Response to Parallels Between Abortion Debate and the Gun Debate

  1. Ken Prol says:

    I see the parallels, but I also see a difference. Abortion gives the “right” to take a life. Gun ownership only gives the “right” to defend life. I think we have to consider the value of military style weapons as a means of self-defense. The argument just doesn’t hold up. As a hunter, I would not like to give up my rifle or shotgun. I live in a rural area where I can hunt within walking distance of my house. We don’t have a police presence here, but are covered by the county sheriff’s office. You don’t just dial 911 and have the police on the scene in minutes. I live in a state that allows concealed carry for handguns (w/permit and training), but I am not sure what those training requirements are.

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