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 Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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