This quote is being circulated on social media from an unknown source and unknown time. Regardless of whether it emerged in the wake of the horrendous tragedy in Las Vegas that saw over 500 people maimed or murdered by Stephen Paddock, it perhaps perfectly encapsulates the outrageous hypocrisy that exists in America — a country that routinely plays roulette with women’s reproductive rights, yet staunchly defends the rights of citizens to carry awesomely powerful weapons with virtually no oversight:
How about we treat every young man who wants to buy a gun like every woman who wants to get an abortion — mandatory 48-hr waiting period, parental permission, a note from his doctor proving he understands what he’s about to do, a video he has to watch about the effects of gun violence… Let’s close down all but one gun shop in every state and make him travel hundreds of miles, take time off work, and stay overnight in a strange town to get a gun. Make him walk through a gauntlet of people holding photos of loved ones who were shot to death, people who call him a murderer and beg him not to buy a gun. It makes more sense to do this with young men and guns than with women and health care, right? I mean, no woman getting an abortion has killed a room full of people in seconds, right?” -unknown
You can stop this America, but only if you stop the guns. There is no other way.
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Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.