In the wake of all of the tragedies in the news recently, there’s a groundswell of support for tighter gun restrictions in order to protect our children.

As parents, we’re all concerned with the health and welfare of our own kids. As human beings we’re concerned with the health and welfare of everyone’s kids.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein unveiled her new and improved “Assault Weapons Ban of 2013.”

The bill would severely restrict the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens, while doing little to restrict criminals who disregard the laws currently on the books. Yet the media and the anti-gun lobby vilify law abiding gun owners when we point that out. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is excoriated in the press for advocating for the rights of law abiding gun owners. No one, not even the “venal” NRA, condones the atrocities of mass murderers.

The voices of law abiding gun owners, many of whom legally own so-called assault weapons and use them in perfectly legal pursuits, are drowned out by the hysterical calls for more gun restrictions.

We’re more focused on the guns than we are on the criminals. The anti-gun lobby is directing our attention to the non-issue (guns) rather than the real issue (criminals).

It’s estimated that there are more than 300 million firearms in the U.S. According to the 2011 Uniform Crime Report on the FBI’s website, in 2011 569 children under the age of 18 were killed with a firearm. Every one a tragedy.

Yet, isn’t it ironic that in the same week that Sen. Feinstein rolls out her “Assault Weapons Ban of 2013” we also marked the 40th anniversary of “Roe v. Wade?”

Forty years ago the Supreme Court legalized abortion. In the last 40 years it’s estimated that 55 million abortions have been performed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Abortion Surveillance report for 2009 (the most recent year available on their website today) 784,507 abortions were reported to the CDC in 2009. That language is important. That’s what was reported. The number actually performed presumably is higher.

Recently, the Center for Reproductive Rights put out an ad celebrating the 40-year anniversary of “Roe v Wade.” It’s called “Happy Birthday, Baby” and is available on YouTube if you’ve not seen it. It’s reprehensible.

And when conservatives try to discuss abortion, we’re drowned out by screams of the “Mother’s right to choose,” “A woman’s reproductive rights” and the “War on women.”

Once again, the pro-abortion lobby has us focused on the non-issue (mom) rather than the real issue (unborn child).

After the Sandy Hook tragedy, the left screamed that we have to “Protect the lives of our children, even if we save just one, we have to try,” “We must enact more gun legislation to prevent the violence.” We must silence the voices of millions of law abiding gun owners to save just one life.

Yet, we let hysterical screams of “reproductive rights” drown out the cries of 55 million of the unborn.

It’s doubtful that the Feinstein’s new bill would have saved any of the 569 children killed by firearms in 2011. But it’s certain that we kill more children via legalized abortion.

And that’s a cause for celebration?

CPA Bill Richardson and his wife, Annelle, have lived in Ahwatukee for more than 17 years. They have four children and one grand-child.

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