Letter: Abortion kills more than guns; end deadly practice

Posted Online: Jan. 15, 2013, 2:58 pm
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In 2010, 32,885 people were killed in traffic accidents. One every 16 minutes. One death for every 7.7 million vehicles. In 2010, 11,078 people were killed in gun homicides. One every 46.8 minutes. One death for every 27.08 million privately owned guns.

A clever gun activist would begin drawing a parallel between both the dangers of owning a firearm and driving to the store for the procurement of potato chips. I have never been accused of being clever, so here is where I shall jump off the NRA's warship.

In 2010, 1.2 million babies were murdered by doctors in supposedly sterile, controlled, government-funded facilities. That's 1 every 26 seconds. That is an abortion: live birth ratio of 1:3.

I would do backflips if I turned on Fox News tomorrow to find that John Boehner had cut a deal with President Obama and the Democratic Senate saying that we apply certain gun restrictions with the promise he will sign lasting legislation making abortion illegal. Allow me to pose a question: If abortions were carried out with assault rifles, would our beloved politicians be more apt to terminate it? I believe they would.

I realize legislating morality in its entirety is impossible, just like total prevention of forest fires is impossible, but we must continue to fight the fire once it begins to burn and not stand idly by and watch our country go up in flames.

As for prevention, only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can cure the root of America's many moral problems.

Kirk Jackson,


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  Today is Tuesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2014. There are 162 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.

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