Letter to the Editor: “Elephant in the Room” on the Gun Violence Debate

It amazes me that “future powers” cite video games, broken homes, mental illness, and guns for the mass shootings we’ve seen for a few years now and seem to be getting worse.

They refuse to talk about the elephant in the room. No one dared to add abortions into the mix.

Think about it. When you’ve basically taken human life away in such a cavalier way for over two generations, the message is that human life has no value or purpose. Add that to the mix of vulnerable young minds and you may create people who will shoot groups of people who they think have no reason to live, especially children.

Over the past 50 years, we’ve become a society that knows that if it gets pregnant at an inopportune time, it can just get rid of it. There are no consequences, except maybe a lifetime of regret. There are a lot of people who have had abortions and blamed themselves for the rest of their lives. It is a very difficult decision and one that I am sure has consequences beyond.

The other thing that has happened around this debate is calling abortions birth control. This is another way people are unknowingly brainwashed. It creates less guilt if you just call it family planning.

Birth control is a completely different category. It is preventing pregnancy from occurring, not voiding it after it has occurred. We also don’t hear much about the other “A” word – adoption. Couples have been going to other countries for years to adopt because they can’t have children there. What does it say?

If people called it that, maybe there wouldn’t be so much violence in the world and maybe people would take more responsibility for their actions which could significantly alter their future.

Sheryl Isaacson


Dora W. Clawson