It’s immensely frustrating to see folks get so fired up, rightly so, when our 2nd Amendment rights are under assault…while never getting equally fired up to defend the right to life against abortion.
As many of you reading this may be aware, the editors of Life of the Party have recently been involved in a battle here in our own state to protect the 2nd Amendment. Along with several brave statesmen, gun rights groups and thousands of patriots, we were able to stop House Bill 1588, at least for now. We were heartened by such a victory and to have our part in it, even in this so-called “liberal” state of Washington.
These sorts of victories are a big deal insofar as the 2nd Amendment is specifically designed so that we the People would be able to secure life, liberty and property in the event that our government became unwilling to do so. We are at a point in our nation’s history in which our government is, in fact, unwilling to secure for its citizenry the natural rights given to all persons by God. The Declaration of Independence states “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Founders of our once great nation understood the sole purpose of government is to secure rights, not grant rights. We believe it’s also important to look at the order in which the Founders listed these “unalienable Rights.” They named the right to life as being first, properly understanding that without the right to life, all other natural rights become meaningless.
There is a direct relationship between the right to life, and the right to bear arms. The right to bear arms is rooted in the fundamental moral principle to love oneself, and with it comes the right of preserving one’s own life, including defending himself, even if that means he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow. In fact, legitimate defense is not only a right, but a grave duty for anyone responsible for the lives of others. Being armed works primarily as a deterrent to would-be aggressors, but in the case that one is forced to defend oneself or ones family, being armed makes it possible to do so (and yes, we know that the purpose of the 2nd Amendment is primarily to protect from tyranny. We maintain that acts of aggression against an innocent life are a manifestation of tyranny.) So defending the right to bear arms, without budging an inch, is a very good thing and we were glad to take our part in defeating HB 1588 which would have infringed on that right. We instinctively know that our own life is worth protecting. We mentioned above that there is a moral imperative to do so. But while we focus time and energy on that, we must not forget the second greatest commandment: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31 ESV)
It’s immensely frustrating to see folks get so fired up, rightly so, when our 2nd Amendment rights are under assault; making phone calls and sending emails to legislators, flooding social media, and begging friends and family to do the same, while never getting equally fired up to defend the right to life against abortion. Gun rights activists were fired up over universal background checks on gun transfers, yes an infringement on the right to bear arms, but not the obliteration of that right. Abortion has obliterated over 55 million innocent babies and yet pro-life activists in Washington only seem to get motivated over the peripheral issues like conscience rights or regulations on abortions, not any legislation that actually restores the right to life for innocent babies in the womb by putting an end to legalized abortion. Where were the phone calls, e-mails and flooding of social media about HB 1259, the Life at Conception Act?
To the pro-life and abolitionist community in Washington State we say this: We know you’re out there! We saw over 5,000 of you at the March for Life at the state capitol in Olympia. The Washington March for Life continues to be the largest demonstration of any kind on the state capitol campus and we know that for each one present there, thousands more are with us “in spirit”, but for whatever reason can’t make it there on a weekday in January. We know you’re there. Why can’t we get you fired up in the same way towards actually abolishing abortion, rather than regulating it or not paying for it?
Perhaps it’s not a lack of understanding that causes so many of us to all but ignore the issue of child murder, but a lack of any sense of urgency surrounding the issue. Perhaps it is also a lack of pro-life leadership in this state (a gap we aim to fill here, so please subscribe to this site and share it far and wide). Is not the slaughter of 55 million human persons in our own country urgent? There are children, even as we read this, having their limbs ripped off of their bodies. There are pre-born people who are being burned to death by chemicals. Right now, little babies are being scraped from inside their mother’s, right now! This isn’t something that may happen, or something that used to happen. This is happening right now, and here we sit, more worried about whether we’re going to have to pay for abortion rather than actually ending the ongoing child murder.
Liberty activists in our State, our hope is that you, too, will begin to understand that without the right to life, the 2nd Amendment is useless (so are all of the others, by the way.) You focus on protecting God given, natural rights that simply do not mean anything if the right to be alive isn’t recognized and secured. Liberty activists seem to want liberty for all, with the exception of pre-born people. You seem to be content to allow the continued legalized murder of 3,500 children every single day, without a second thought, thinking that as long as your taxes go down, drones are outlawed and homosexual marriage is embraced, you’ll have liberty. The reality is that pro-lifers and abolitionists have a greater understanding of liberty that most liberty activists do. We’re not “the crazies” and we certainly don’t need to be “neutralized.” No, we need to be listened to. Thomas Jefferson once said “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.” If you won’t listen to those in your own ranks, listen to one of our Founders!
We say to you, if the murder of children in the womb in the most horrendous manner is not an urgent issue, then nothing is! It’s time we get our priorities straight!
If you’d like to help us in our goal to end abortion in Washington, rather than regulate it, please read this over: Right to Life Before Politics and then contact us. You can also help us by sharing this website with your friends. We are building a statewide team and with God’s help, we have a plan to end legalized abortion in Washington.