After the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, it didn't take long for the so-called "pro-life" movement to say that it was too soon to discuss gun control. Then, at the same time it tried to equate the gruesome riddling of bullets of 20 children between the ages of five and 10 years old with providing safe, legal termination of unwanted pregnancies. Priests for Life founder Father Frank Pavone tweeted, "Sadness, rage re killing of children in the school today; I feel it DAILY 200 times over children killed in the womb," while Tea Party comedienne Victoria Jackson asked why President Barack Obama wasn't "crying" for the "millions of babies" he "had aborted this year."
That this type of politicizing instantly occurred shouldn't be surprising. This is the same group that argued for patience, further investigation, and a call to not politicize events after the death of Savita Halappanavar in Ireland. Months earlier it had demanded immediate accountability, lawsuits, clinic closures, and stripped licenses after the death of Chicago woman Tonya Reeves after complications from a second trimester abortion.
Still, here we are, examining the tragedy around us, analyzing whether something could have been done at any point to stop it. Are we able to do anything to prevent this sort of event from occurring again, or do we just accept these murderous occasions as the inevitable cost of allowing others to fully engage their own constitutional rights?