A few years ago, just after Kermit Gosnell was arrested for murdering babies and pregnant women in his abortuary in West Philadelphia, pro-life advocates like myself went public with our outrage. After I wrote several articles decrying the type of society which gives birth (no pun intended) to such monstrous men and equally diabolical acts, I received the type of feedback you'd expect from the pro-choice crowd: I was exploiting a tragedy to advance my own agenda.
I won't deny that the Gosnell incident gave me an opportunity to talk about the dirty side of a procedure that has been sanitized in the press as a 'medical necessity' or, worse, a 'reproductive choice.' But to my knowledge, no one on my side of the argument ever said that Gosnell was the face of the pro-choice movement.
Fast forward to Sunday night. On prime-time television, smack dab between the two halves of a football game that the Eagles were destined to lose, Bob Costas pontificated about the evils of guns. Commenting on the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chief Javon Belcher and his pregnant girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, Costas noted implied that if Belcher didn't have a gun, his girlfriend would still be alive today.
I could almost hear the gun-control advocates across the nation stand up and say "Amen Brother, Bob, Hallelujah!" It was just the same kind of hyperbole used by anti-gun activists who think an inanimate albeit potentially deadly object-a firearm-has self-determination. It's as if the gun pulled its own trigger.
While there is a legitimate case to be made that the current laws are either too lax or ineffectively applied, it is ridiculous to blame the firearm for the murder of a pregnant woman. We don't know if Belcher obtained the gun legally. We don't know if he had mental problems. We don't know if that gun might have actually saved a life in the past.
The point is this: just as some people get upset when you make Kermit Gosnell the face of abortion, others are equally justified in slamming Bob Costas for his opportunistic attack on guns.