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Powerful Quote Shared By Gloria Steinem About Gun Rights Re-Emerges Online

On Sunday, a man named Stephen Paddock fired into a crowd watching a country music concert, killing 58 people and injuring over 500. Once again, people are asking what Congress is going to do about gun control. The government's inaction and inability to keep automatic weapons from circulating amongst civilians is frustrating and scary, but it's especially astounding when compared with their efforts to regulate women's bodies.

A quote on the subject attributed to Gloria Steinem is going viral, as it perfectly illustrates the hypocrisy of how lawmakers treat women versus guns:

It reads:

I want any young men who buy a gun to be treated like young women who seek an abortion. Think about it: a mandatory 48-hours waiting period, written permission from a parent or a judge, a note from a doctor proving that he understands what he is about to do, time spent watching a video on individual and mass murders, traveling hundreds of miles at his own expense to the nearest gun shop, and walking through protestors holding photos of loved ones killed by guns, protestor who call him a murderer. After all, it makes more sense to do this for young men seeking guns than for young women seeking an abortion. No young woman needing reproductive freedom has ever murdered a roomful of strangers.

The quote is being misattributed to Gloria Steinem, however. She did share it on Facebook in 2015, but added at the end, "This riff is not mine, it’s on the Internet – I thank whoever gave us all this present."

Thanks to my dear friends, BETTY, for giving me the opportunity to share my Top Ten Things I Want For Christmas at their...

Posted by Gloria Steinem on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

But people are still responding to it, probably because it rings true:

The pieces of legislature that have been voted on related to both issues since Vegas are getting silencers for guns and banning abortion after 20 weeks. Seems pretty apt indeed.

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