GOP lawmaker manages to blame abortion for mass shootings

There’s a new contender for the GOP’s most absurd scapegoat for gun violence.

Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) was asked Wednesday during an interview with Missouri radio station The Eagle 93.9 if there was any appetite among Republicans in Congress to pursue changes to the laws on fire arms. It came in the wake of a gunman’s massacre of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas.

Long, who is running for the US Senate, said guns are not the issue. He criticized gun control supporters for “trying to blame an inanimate object for all these tragedies”.

He said there are a few solutions, but the problem dates back to when abortion became legal across the country.

“When I was growing up in Springfield, you had one or two murders a year,” he said. “Now we have two, three, four a week in Springfield, Missouri.

“So something happened to our society. I come back to abortion, when we decided that it was acceptable to kill children in their mother’s womb. Life has no value for many of these people.

The data does not support this claim. The Roe v. Wade of the Supreme Court in 1973 established the right to abortion in the United States

In 1970, 499 murders were reported in Missouri. in 1975, the figure was 505. And in 2019, 568 murders were reported in the state.

Data shows, however, that America’s gun problem is tied to the proliferation of guns and the ease with which people can obtain them. Other countries have had great success in addressing gun violence by tightening gun laws or banning guns and implementing gun buy-back programs.

Semi-automatic assault rifles, the weapons frequently used in mass shootings like the one last week in Uvalde, are also part of the problem. In 1994 sweeping legislation was passed that banned certain assault weapons. It expired in 2004. Deaths from mass shootings were 70% less likely during prohibition, a study found.

“If there was something that would work that would prevent some of these things, any reasonable person is going to look at something like this,” Long said.

“But to date and to this day, no one has been able to offer any suggestions that would have helped in any of these situations.”

He proposed retrofitting schools with additional doors so that all classrooms have both entry and exit points. Classrooms without extra doors are just “killing zones”, he said. He suggested that money spent on foreign aid to Ukraine could have been used for this purpose.

Elected Republicans, many of whom receive significant campaign support from the gun lobby, blamed just about everything but guns following a recent spate of mass shootings. Supposed culprits include “revivalism”, architecture, and an abandonment of worship of Jesus.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), for example, thinks the problem is that schools have too many doors.


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