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              We live in a country – nay, a globe – where the rights of women have been woefully abused for centuries. Yet as a nation America has risen to the forefront in leading the way for women’s rights, beginning with the women’s suffrage movement, and including advancing women’s health both domestically and globally, raising awareness against domestic violence, promoting responsibility of fathers, and championing educational and workplace equality for women.  While we have come a long way in advancing the notion that women are not merely an extension of the male ego, in fact property to be owned, controlled and subjugated by men, we have unfortunately fallen behind in our protection of perhaps the most vulnerable class of human beings among us – unborn babies.

               I mention the case of the advancement women’s rights in the context of the human rights of unborn children for a couple of reasons.   Firstly, the context in which women’s rights evolved (especially in the West) came out of the scientific exploration of the enlightenment era.  In that context reason and objective consideration were said to be a superior approach to dealing reality than the lens of religious dogma, superstition and ignorance.   Enlightenment philosophers for example, could easily refute (using science and reason) the belief common at the time that a woman was merely an extension of a man’s body, ‘Adam’s rib’ so to speak – and not a separate and individual soul enjoying the same inalienable rights before her creator.

               Today we are dealing with a similarly pernicious dogma. It is not a religious dogma in the sense of the pre-enlightenment beliefs about the roles of women, but a secular dogma cobbled together out of a well-meaning attempt to promote women’s independence.  It goes something like this: a woman’s right to control over her body is sacrosanct, and an unborn baby is a part of a woman’s body. Therefore a woman has the unfettered right to treat an unborn baby as she sees fit. The implications of this secular dogma have not only lead to a host of legal fictions culminating in Roe vs. Wade and similar court rulings, but also improbable real world outcomes.  

The implication here seems to be clear.  Under the current liberal dogma, unborn children have no rights that a corporation is bound to respect.  Meanwhile science continues to advance, bringing the objective facts more clearly into view.  Viability outside of the womb is fading as a bright line for defining the beginning of human life.  As those of us of faith have always known, life begins at conception, and so do the Constitutional protections afforded all human beings.          

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We have to change our orientation towards bearing arms and realize that the nation’s founders enumerated the right to bear arms in the U.S. constitution for a good reason.  With proper training, guns can be our friend, and offer protection for our homes and families.  People need to know, for example, that even in states like Washington, D.C., there is a concealed carry licensing process that has been in place since 2008.  It requires that one’s firearm be registered and the carrier licensed.  The licensing process requires training on the operation of firearms as well as the self-defense laws and situational awareness training.  Many people may not be aware of this, but D.C. law has a lot in common with Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ laws.  In D.C., for example, there is no duty to retreat from a threat. You are justified in using deadly force if warranted to protect your own life, or even the life of a third party.  The process for learning your rights and obtaining a legal carry permit can often be expensive and time-consuming, but when it comes to protecting one’s life and the safety of one’s family, it is a duty we have to embrace.

  Race and socioeconomic background definitely play a role in the process of responsible gun ownership.  Firstly, financial requirements to get through the licensing and registration process can be daunting.  For someone with no prior training, it might cost upwards of $1,000 to get all the necessary training and certification (in New York it can cost up to $11,000).  The second barrier is generally time. Training courses are demanding and require dedication to mastering the basics.   The third thing is background, meaning if people have been involved in law enforcement issues in their youth that might hinder them from being licensed in the future.

 People are looking to protect themselves and their families. In this day and time a knife won’t help you, but a gun just might.  People feel more empowered when they have learned how to defend themselves.  It is a deeply American sentiment that to be robbed of one’s safety and security is paramount to living under tyranny.  And that is something we just won’t stand for. 

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  • The White House is already lobbying Republicans in Congress to increase funding for cancer research as part of its moonshot to find a cure. One conflict that’s likely to come up: The White House wants to make the funding mandatory, while lawmakers like Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) want to make it discretionary and subject it to the appropriations process. (Stat)

This moon shot won't "get off the ground" because this White House did little-to-nothing to engender positive relations (even on the Democrat side) with the Hill from day one of Obama's presidency. Now those chickens are coming home to roost as we say in the South!!

Seriously, ask anyone on Capitol Hill, and they'll tell you the legislative relations between this presidency and the Hill are very weak. Don't believe me?  Ask most staffers and they can't even name a member of Obama's legislative liaison team from the WH...

It's that bad. He won't get very far on this, despite the nobility of the cause.