What if gun laws were like abortion laws?

A stark contrast in "rights" related to life and death.

What would gun rights look like in America if we treated them like abortion rights?

Here's a list of just some of the hoops you'd have to jump through before you could own a gun:

  • Only one store in the entire state would sell guns. (See: Mississippi, Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming for ....)
  • You'd have to fill out an enormous personal background check including intrusive personal information that has nothing to do with your ability to own or use a gun. Then you'd have to wait at least 72 hours and come back to the store. (Remember, it's the only one in the state.
  • Upon your return, you'd have to sit through intensive mandatory counseling. Your counselor, regardless of his personal beliefs, would have to tell you that gun ownership is actually a bad idea, and that it would negatively effect your mental health to own a gun. (This, despite there being no scientific evidence to support the claim.)
  • Next, you'd sit through a gruesome movie showing the actual aftermath of domestic gun crimes. You'd see people with half a head. You'd see dead children in their beds. You'd see the bloody aftermath of a school shooting. You'd be shown statistic after statistic warning you that you'd be contributing to this morally degenerate sanctioning of murder.
  • If you lived in Virginia, you'd have to come back (again) for an invasive and uncomfortable fMRI (which costs around $300 out of your pocket) to ensure your honesty in answering all the background check information and your intentions to use your gun responsibly. (This was as close as I could get to the invasive transvaginal procedure...
  • Oh... and if you were married, your spouse might have to sign off on your gun ownership.

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A good analogy!

Let's not forget that guns are used to kill actual, living, breathing people; abortions destroy a potential child. People who oppose abortion access routinely use loaded language that imputes to embryos the same status and rights, the same "personhood", as "babies" or "children". We need to call out and refute that unspoken assumption, every time.

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