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A Grand Conservative/Liberal Compromise
No two social issues create as strong feelings and cause people to dig their heels into the sand as gun control and abortion. In general, (and I realize there are many exceptions out there before I get hammered too hard for making a blanket statement ), those who lean to the left support gun control and oppose any restrictions on abortion while those on the right oppose abortion and any (more) restrictions on obtaining guns and ammo. The funny thing, it seems that neither side can see they make the same arguments on one issue as the other side on the other issue. What comes to mind is the slippery-slope argument. Any attempt to restrict abortions from the right (such as the abhorrent practice of partial-birth abortions and late term abortions where the mother's or baby's life is in danger) is usually met with the argument that doing so is only the first step to banning all abortions (which many on the right want). Any attempt to restrict gun ownership with "reasonable gun laws" is met with the argument on the right that any laws limiting access to guns is the first step to banning all guns (which many on the left want). Neither side, it seems, can acknowledge that their arguments echo each other.
I offer a compromise... a test, if you will, of how strongly you believe in each issue. Every restriction on one issue should earn a restriction on the other. Ban partial-birth and third trimester abortions (except mother's life in danger), ban all high-capacity magazines. Make abortion available only for rape, incest, and mother's life in danger, ban all semi-automatic weapons or handguns. Abortion available for mother's life in danger only, you can only own a bolt action rifle and a pump shotgun. I am those who read this can see my bias of where I lean, not to mention my comment history speaks to my beliefs on these issues (gun-nut, anti-abortion). I would hate giving them up, but I think I would be willing to give up everything but my bolt-action 30.06 and 12 gauge pump shotgun if abortion were limited to mother's life in danger only (I say that now, but I wonder how I would really feel in the parallel universe where this would actually happen).
I appreciate any thoughts, and although at times it is hard to do so with these two issues, please try to remain civil.