Jeffrey Lord, former Reagan administration official and now a commentator for CNN, offered up a staggeringly stupid argument about President Obama’s new executive orders on background checks before buying a gun, saying that the real reason we have so much violent crime is because of — wait for it — abortion! You know, no respect for life, blah blah blah.
ALISYN CAMEROTA (HOST): Donald Trump on the campaign trail has been saying that President Obama is coming for your guns, he hates the Second Amendment. Last night the president basically called that a conspiracy theory and he tried to tamp it down. Will Donald Trump change his rhetoric?
JEFFREY LORD: I don’t think so. You know, Donald Trump isn’t going to, you know, tamp down rhetoric on something like this. A lot of people are very concerned about this. And Alisyn, I’d add one other thing. After Newtown I wrote a column and did a considerable amount of research about the culture of violence in this country. One of the things that was quite noticeable last night unless I missed it, abortion was never mentioned. And there are plenty of Americans who believe that abortion, since Roe v. Wade has contributed to a culture of violence in this country.CAMEROTA: But Jeffrey, this was a town hall on guns. I mean, yes, also the economy wasn’t mentioned, what’s happening in China wasn’t mentioned. One topic at a time Jeffrey.
LORD: No, no, no, no, no Alisyn. There is a direct connection here, a direct connection. If we have created a culture, in the words of one Catholic Deacon Greg Kandra, where human life is treated like trash, what do we expect here? Mass shootings have increased dramatically since Roe v. Wade. There were something like 109 of them —
CAMEROTA: So you think there’s a connection? You are saying there is a connection, a correlation between mass shootings and Roe v. Wade?
LORD: If we don’t respect human life, people are going to take human life.
Right. Which explains why violent crime has been going down steadily for a quarter of a century now while abortion has remained legal. And why virtually every other Western nation still has a fraction of the violent crime we do while abortion is entirely legal. And isn’t it funny how abortion, and only abortion, seems to have any effect on this “culture of life” they like to talk about.
Just prior to Roe v Wade, our government murdered at least two million, some estimates as high as three million, people in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Somehow that “lack of respect for life” has no effect at all on violent crime rates at home, only abortion does. Could these people get any more disconnected from evidence and logic?