I believe that life begins at conception. (If it didn’t, then women wouldn’t want abortions.) Let me state plainly: I would never have an abortion. OK, I’m a 64 year-old guy, so that’s an easy position to take. At the same time, I’m not willing to shove my personal opinion down the throat of a fifteen year-old black girl in West Philadelphia, living with her mom and grand-mom in some tumbledown row house, and attending what the City of Brotherly Love is pleased to call the public “schools.” Moreover, with Prohibition and the War on Drugs having been such great successes, I don’t see how a War on Abortion is any more likely to succeed. Unless, you know, heart-break and misery across multiple generations is what you really want to produce. Then go ahead, knock yourself out.
The same goes for a War on Guns. Yes, there are things we can do. We could strictly regulate the sale and possession of all firearms through the Defense Department. This is what our friends in Mexico do. Virtually no one in Mexico is allowed to own a firearm of any sort. This step would could reduce our gun-death rates to Mexican levels. Furthermore, many deaths are linked to the drug trade. We should forbid the use of or trade in drugs.
OK, sounding like the mayor on “The Simpsons.” More realistically, we could end the War on Drugs and we could try to revise the National Firearms Owners Protection Act. The former promotes a “war for the corners.” It also promotes a macho “step to him” code of behavior that leads to violence not directly related to the drug trade. The National Firearm Owners Protection Act restricts the ability of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to closely regulate federally-licensed gun-dealers. While the vast majority of such dealers are responsible and honest people dealing in a Constitutionally-protected commodity, a tiny minority facilitate straw purchases and suffer “robbery.” So, let’s knock-off the stuff about the “gun-show loop-hole” and not allowing father-to-son gun transfers without a background check.
We should RICO the Catholic Church. Pennsylvania’s attorney general recently released a report on the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy. Here’s the thing, the AG got the information for the report by gaining access to Church records and then interviewing a lot of parishoners who had been abused. Well, this scandal has been running for a while now. Long ago, the Church could have done what the AG later did without breaking a sweat. If they wanted to know. Apparently, they didn’t. Why not?
I suspect that, at some point back in the day there, the American priesthood became a place for gay Irish men to go and hide. Fine by me. They were doing God’s work. If they go sylphing-off to have sex with other gay men, I don’t care. However, given the anti-gay stance of both the Church and larger society, it exposed them to a terrible vulnerability. They could be black-mailed by pedophile colleagues. Pedophiles appear to be a very small segment of any sexual orientation. But they may have been just as ruthless and predatory toward their fellow-priests as they were toward their child-victims.
So, treat the Church as a criminal conspiracy.
 You ever noticed how few girls from Catholic schools have come forward to say “Sr. Mary Elephant copped a feel on my then-almost-non-existent tit”?