To the editor:
Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the infamous Supreme Court decision that legalized murder in the womb (abortion). Legalizing something against nature pushed God farther out of the public square. Then we try to figure out why we're having so many problems. If it is all right to murder people in the womb, where do we logically stop? Euthanasia? Rationing of normal health care based on one's age, mental condition or "usefulness" to society? Think Obamacare.
How one stands on abortion tells how he or she stands on the right to life - other people's lives. It is logical to expect the abortion proponent and self-appointed emperor to not value human life and for it to permeate his laws and executive orders.
The Declaration of Independence states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Our rights are not the government's to give or to take away. If one does not have the right to life, other so-called rights are a clever illusion, to be taken away one by one.
The God-given freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment flow from the individual's right to life. The HHS contraception/abortifacient mandate, an administrative ruling, is a direct attack on freedom of conscience, clearly against the Constitution. Although directed at the Catholic church, it is an attack on people of good will, mandated by people of ill will.
Implicit to the right to life is the right to self-defense, hence the Second Amendment. This, too, is under fierce attack. Our self-appointed emperor and his henchmen are threatening to attack the Second Amendment, directly through 23 executive orders. Remember, Rahm Emmanuel, now the mayor of Chicago, said: "Never let a crisis go to waste."
Unfortunately, there is more interest in gun control than in solutions. Many younger mass murderers in recent years were taking psychiatric drugs. It stands to reason - if we dare permit a little common sense to intrude - that violent movies, TV shows and video games desensitize people to violence, especially the young. Since life is denigrated, violence increases. We need to look into these factors if we're more serious about solving the problem than advancing an anti-life, anti-freedom agenda.
Consider: In 1982, Kennesaw, Ga., council unanimously passed a law that required every head of household to maintain a firearm and ammunition. Since then there have been three murders in Kennesaw, all by the same killer in 2010 within a school "safety" zone, where no school employee was permitted to have a firearm. On the other hand, Chicago has very strict gun laws and an extremely high murder rate, where only the government and criminals have guns. So there is more to the problem of violence than gun control.
We need to put God back in the schools and back in public life. Otherwise, no law is going to work.