The gun debate, capital punishment, and the abortion debate when argued together present a dichotomy that is more present in the GOP than in the Democratic party.
Because the GOP aligns against abortion but in favor of zero gun control and capital punishment, it inherently says that it's OK to kill somebody once they're outside the womb. Because let's face it, the majority of liberals aren't up in arms about shotguns and hunting rifles, it's handguns and assault rifles ... weapons designed primarily with the intent to kill other humans. It is because these are the weapons regularly used in violent crime, and because the US is the leading nation in violent gun-related crimes. In 1998 (the most recent year for which this data has been compiled), handguns murdered (this does not include suicide, which is even higher, or accident; just homicide):
* 373 people in Germany
* 151 people in Canada
* 57 people in Australia
* 19 people in Japan
* 54 people in England and Wales, and
* 11,789 people in the United States
--Source, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Folks, that means the U.S. committed 31.6 times the amount of gun-related homicide as the next biggest nation.
The GOP is also traditionally in favor of the death penalty. But while preserving the right to possess weapons whose primary intent is to take human life, or by enabling the state with the right to take life from those who have taken it in unsanctioned manners, the party is quick to protect the life of the unborn child.
v. A past participle of bear1.
adj. Abbr. b.
1. Brought into life by birth.
2. Brought into existence; created: A new nation was born with the revolution.
--Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
By its very definition, "unborn" has not yet been brought into life. While even I believe very much that the fetus is alive, civilization draws the line at the moment of birth, not the moment of conception. Until childbirth has seperated the life of the child from that of the mother, they are one person. Until we start issuing conception certificates in place of birth certificates, life begins at the moment of birth. Even the Red Chinese accept this. But more on that in a bit ...
On the flip side, the Democratic party generally seeks to tighten restrictions on gun ownership, determining who is fit to carry a weapon and determining which weapons are appropriate for civilian ownership. Automatic M-16s and pistols, for example, they see as inappropriate for general distribution. Additionally, many democrats seek to limit and capital punishment. Both are in the interest of preserving human life.
Yet the party tends to favor the right of a woman to choose an abortion. Is this dichotomy the polar opposite of the GOP dichotomy, therefore making them equally hypocritical? The difference is "pro-choice" vs. "pro-abortion."
The progressive argument is that the only thing worse than a woman choosing an abortion is for the government to force the choice upon her.
In order to understand the nature of pro-choice, one must look at it through the other side of the lens. Do you realize that Red China has government-mandated abortions?
Up to the moment of the child's first breath, the government can and will terminate the pregnancy, forcably if necessary. That
is pro-abortion, not pro-choice. To equate the two is utterly repulsive and is exactly why so many liberals get pissed-off when the conservatives mislabel the debate. Again, the pro-choice argument states that the only thing worse than a woman choosing an abortion is for the government to force the choice upon her. And just as the Red Chinese would force
the mother to abort, so the pro-lifers would force
the mother to carry to full term. They seek to impose their will, based on morality and not reason, on those who may not share the same viewpoints.
That is theocracy at it's core and is directly in contradiction with the First Amendment.
Hence, the GOP comes out more hypocritical than the Democrats as a result of this dichotomy. The right-wing tells us it's okay to kill, so long as you've been issued a birth certificate. Otherwise, you have to wait until you're born to be killed in our society. Meanwhile, the left tells us that life begins at birth, and once you have acheived life, it is to be preserved.