Can I Rub Your Belly?

It’s trending. Republican lawmakers in several states have passed, or tried to pass, bills requiring that a doctor squirt lube all over a woman’s stomach and then rub it with a wand, all before allowing her to have an abortion.

Now that’s government action.

Let’s pass a similar law, but for guns.

If you want to buy a gun, the owner of the gun shop has to lube your stomach and rub it with a special wand provided by the ATF.

I don’t know that would reduce the number of gun sales, but it would certainly change the demographics of gun buyers.

Requiring that women be groped by a doctor, one who they have probably never met before, is a cowardly effort to shame women into not having an abortion. The end result is supposed to be fewer abortions.

We can easily apply that same logic to guns.

If, as a nation, we feel that there are too many deaths from guns, shouldn’t we seek to reduce the number of guns in the hands of people who won’t let a stranger rub their bellies with lube?

In 2010, more than 11,000 people were killed by a gun.

In 2011, there were more than 55,000 non-fatal gun assaults. That same year, more than 138,000 aggravated gun assaults and more than 122,000 gun robberies happened.

There were more than 19,000 suicides by gun In 2010.

And even if we set aside the numbers, the big difference between buying a gun and getting an abortion is that people who buy guns want to buy it. And there’s a good chance they’re buying it to kill some thing or some one.

No woman wants to have an abortion. And she shouldn’t be violated by a government mandate in order to do what she wants with her body.

P.S. Some state legislatures have pushed for the magic wand to inserted into a woman’s vagina before allowing her to have a legal medical procedure.

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