President Obama receives reports that 20 children and six adults have been murdered at the Sandy Hook Elementary School and decides the country needs national standards for gun accessories to protect our children. What else? Limit ammunition capacities for rifle magazines. Outlaw triggers and stocks on rifles that look like pistols. Push for legislation requiring all law-abiding citizens to go through background checks and have the information stored for future reference.
We all know these measures will not keep criminals from acquiring weapons, but Obama and many Democrats say, “it’s a good start” and we must “remember Sandy Hook” and “do something.”
Many Americans agree. Forty-eight percent are disappointed the U.S. Senate’s gun control bill didn’t pass. Of course, 47 percent are happy it didn’t pass, according to the Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll.
Ours is a president who wants to “do something” when tragedy strikes ... or is he?
On trial right now in Philadelphia is an abortionist accused of murdering babies born alive and conducting late-term abortions that are illegal in Pennsylvania.
Workers have testified to finding a baby lying on a shelf, crying, along with jars, bags and jugs filled with human remains. The conditions were reportedly so filthy that women have contracted sexually transmitted diseases from the medical instruments. In addition, painkillers administered by unlicensed, untrained employees resulted in the death of at least one woman.
Gosnell faces the death penalty if he is convicted in the deaths of four newborns. Closing arguments, to be followed by jury deliberation, are expected to begin Monday.
Until his arrest, Gosnell’s clinics in Pennsylvania and Delaware had not been inspected since 1993 despite complaints from third parties such as CHOICE, a nonprofit group that connects the underinsured and uninsured with health services.
In 2011, it was reported that none of Pennsylvania’s 22 abortion clinics had been inspected by the government for more than 15 years.
In nearby Delaware, an unrelated Planned Parenthood abortion facility has also been closed because of complaints of multiple botched abortions.
Two women there quit their jobs, filing complaints that doctors performing abortions didn’t wear gloves or sterilize equipment.
Considering the Pennsylvania Department of Health reportedly had a history of refusing to investigate complaints, such as Kermit Gosnell performing an abortion on a 14 year-old girl who was 30 months pregnant, this too is a time for Obama to try to save lives by pushing for national standards.
Why doesn’t he?
Gun control is nothing new. Liberals have been pushing for gun control for decades. In 1993, U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., proposed taxing ammunition to the point where it would be unaffordable. Newtown was an opportunity for gun control legislation whether or not the laws would keep criminals from getting guns.
The only time the issue of abortion is important to liberals is when its availability is threatened — real or perceived.
If concern for the lives and health of children, teenage girls and women truly were part of this president’s ideology, the Gosnell trial would compel him to call for national standards and new federal laws for regulations and inspections of all abortion clinics, wresting control from Planned Parenthood and the states.
Instead, Obama was scheduled to be a speaker this week at Planned Parenthood’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
“When politicians try to turn Planned Parenthood into a punching bag, they’re not just talking about you,” Obama said Friday during his appearance with the group. “They’re talking about the millions of women who you serve. ...
“You’ve also got a president who is going to be right there with you, fighting every step of the way,” he said.
Obama’s comments did not include any call to action to craft national legislation and regulations designed to prevent filthy, deadly conditions in clinics.
Why no call for national standards for abortion clinics?
Ideology and campaign contributions trump all.
Rick Jensen is a Cagle Cartoons syndicated columnist.