How many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?
And how many deaths will it take 'til he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
She screamed soundlessly, recoiling repeatedly in pain, thrashing about in a desperate attempt to escape the instruments destined to crush her skull, extinguish her life and strip her from her mother’s womb.
That graphic scene is at the crux of Dr. Bernard Nathanson’s The Silent Scream, the stomach-churning 1984 anti-abortion documentary of a fetus being terminated.
Roundly criticized as misleading and deceptive by many in the scientific and medical community, the film was nonetheless swiftly employed by the anti-abortion movement as a potent weapon in its fight to protect the unborn. President Ronald Reagan, after screening the film in the White House, remarked that "if every member of Congress could see that film, they would move quickly to end the tragedy of abortion.”
Mr. Reagan was a Republican - leader of the perennial pro-life party, the “party of life” that wages war in election after election in the hopes of one day overturning Roe v Wade.
But incredibly, it is this Republican party, the party that fights tooth-and-nail for the lives of those still in the womb, the party that goes to the wall for the rights of the fetus, that refuses to lift a finger to protect the 75 million children who live and play and go to school on American soil drowning in guns and increasingly soaked with their blood.
It is this party that protects the unborn, but abandons the born.
It is this party that allows madmen with guns to slaughter children in schools, in the spaces that, like their mothers’ wombs, should be among their safest places.
And the screams of these children are not silent.
Their screams are horrific, their pain indescribable, their terror unspeakable.
Maybe - just maybe - if Republican members of Congress were forced to watch and listen to the cellphone recordings of terrified students being stalked by the Florida killer and riddled with bullets “they would move quickly to end the tragedy” of America's lethal gun epidemic.
But it’s not likely.
The Republican party has allowed power and profits to trump the lives of schoolchildren, raking in millions from the NRA while offering “thoughts and prayers” to the families of the children they help to murder. It’s disgusting. It's criminal.
It’s time to properly re-frame the American “war on terror”. Most of the terror and most of the killing in America is inflicted by Americans on Americans. And politicians that aid and abet terrorists are terrorists themselves.
The war on terror must begin at the ballot box. It's time for America to rise up in anger, to eject from office the greedy, corrupt, and power-mad leaders who are abetting the butchery of her children; to evict from authority the men and women who are allowing schools and churches and movie theaters and concert halls and workplaces to be turned into killing fields.
British journalist Dan Hodges tweeted in 2015: “Sandy Hook marked the end of the U.S. gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over.”
Is he right? Is it bearable? Is it over?
Will the greatest democracy the world has ever known be able to confront, finally and effectively, this great evil in their midst?
Or does the right to bear arms transcend the right of American children to live?
The answer, my friends, is blowin' in the wind.