This letter is by Mark Shepard, a former Vermont state senator (2003-2006) in the Bennington District. He owns and operates an engineering business specializing in industrial control and test systems.
Why is it that after every tragic gun-murder, those who respond loudest for guns bans are often the same people who respond the loudest against anything that might limit abortion? Clearly the loss of innocent life is not the common thread in their thinking. Could the common thread be stripping the ability of self-defense from the innocent?
The hundreds of gun-killings are extremely tragic and painful, most especially for those directly impacted. If we really want to address the callous view of human life that is behind such killing, let’s be honest, serious and consistent.
First, embrace the reality that every human life is a unique and creative creation of God with purpose, not some meaningless result of random chance. Second, overturn one of our nation’s darkest periods by ending the legal killing of our youngest. Sixty million legalized murders is horrific. And third, support the right for all law-abiding citizens to have whatever means they may deem necessary to defend their own life, the lives of those they love, and the life of their neighbor, if needed.
Vermont State Senator 2003-2006