In the wake of the mass murder at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida early Sunday, June 13th, I am proposing that we start a new non profit organization called the National Individual Rights Association. Due to the fact that most of the world woke up Sunday morning to the heartbroken news of repeated loss off multiple lives and the pain and suffering of all the friends and family of those lost. 49 people went out to celebrate and dance and did not come home to tell us about their joy. I read so much news, so many Facebook posts and memes about why and how it happened. It soon became a debate about the need for better gun control, closer watch of terrorists and better federal safety protections for all. One meme spoke to the heart of the issue for me and referenced an 2013 article by William Hamby in the Examiner which compares the right to own a gun with the right of a woman to have an abortion. The Supreme Court has ruled that Americans have the right to both guns and abortions but the second of those rights is regulated so much that it becomes a true hardship for women to have them in some states and the NRA buys our officials so well in most states, that they avoid regulating gun ownership for even the most dangerous individuals and households. The author concludes:
“It seems that Republicans are determined to have it both ways. Gun ownership is so sacred that it’s good to ignore the law to preserve it at all costs. Abortion is so reprehensible that it’s good to ignore the law to end it at all costs. The bottom line, of course, is that Republicans are willing to ignore the law in both cases. They have their agenda, and they’re going to see it enforced, laws be damned when they disagree. It’s really quite terrifying, if you think about it for very long.”
This is the most shocking fact that I found after the shooting: Gun sales increase after one of these shootings. And even more jarring is the fact that stocks in companies that manufacture guns rise because people figure out that others will be desperate to buy guns before congress regulates them and they want in on the profits.
So what does the gun industry have that the abortion providers do not? Money. Perhaps women need to start a new organization. The National Individual Rights Association (NIRA). Perhaps every woman should pay a fee to guarantee that we have a right to healthcare that we decide is necessary and then NIRA can do as the NRA does and buy our elected officials in order to get all the ridiculous regulations surrounding abortions and birth control removed from our lives.
We have fought the NRA for so long…. but they prevail. They are so successful that perhaps we should learn from them. Do as they do. Let’s raise the money that we need to raise in order to protect our rights as much as they protect the rights of guns. A recent Onion article written by a gun and titled, It’s An Honor To Continue Being Valued Over Countless Human Lives, described it best when the gun delivers this thank you message, “You see, I’m just a humble lightweight, magazine-fed semi-automatic rifle; I never expected this kind of outpouring of affection. But time and time again, you’ve shown me how much I matter to you. To see so many people—people who could be working to protect and care for human lives—actively devoting their time and energy to making sure I’m the one who’s protected and cared for instead—it’s beyond touching.”
So I ask you this, if I were to start a non profit named NIRA: The National Individual Rights Association, whose mission it is to protect individuals rights to women’s health issues including abortion. Do you think other women would join and contribute and help us to fund a congress that values our rights to healthcare as much as people’s rights to guns?