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 Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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