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:
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."
But people are still responding to it, probably because it rings true:
GOP: Legislate women's bodies - you betcha!— Justice Johnson (@ACJJustice) October 3, 2017
Legislate guns - no can do!
I want to see gun manufacturers treated like tobacco companies, and held financially responsible for the deaths caused by their products.— David Evil Overlord (@D_Evil_Overlord) October 3, 2017
Not every woman who steps foot in planned Parenthood wants an abortion. Yet conservatives have no issue shutting that down. It's very apt— Andrew W. Sprung (@sprungtastic) October 3, 2017