Frustration because the same people who are so quick to yell "murder" regarding abortion are often also quick to defend the right to own guns, no matter how many people, including children are murdered.
It's been suggested that the anti-choicers care about unwanted babies until they're born, but don't want to fund services for them once they're actual out-of-the-womb people.
In any case.
It was foolish of me to put them together, no matter how stupid I think it is that both of these things are true at the same time. Because though it got a bunch of retweets, it also garnered me some attention from both gun owners and anti-choicers. Because, duh, lemongloria, "murder is illegal, and dismembering babies should be."
That was a popular one. A number of these people seem to support Ted Cruz. Anyway, now I know who some of the Ted Cruzers are.
I texted Rachel, who is a social media and women's rights expert, and asked what to say in response to the first person about dismemberment of the unborn.
She gave me a suggestion, and then reminded me that you don't have to say anything. Unless you want to be in a back-and-forth all day.
I most certainly did not. I said nothing. I responded not at all.
As my dear friend Mark Bennett said some years ago (and I still refer to this list on the regular), "If you don't have to deal with a crazy person, don't."
Sometimes I remember this advice and sometimes I unfortunately do not.
Someone also called me a racist, suggesting I want to take guns away from black people and make them unable to defend their families.
What? I want to take guns away from everyone. So that nobody can attack anyone else with a gun.
Not all anti-choicers are crazy, but it is true that we will never agree. So I did not engage.
Not all gun owners are crazy, but we don't keep the crazy ones from owning guns.
And the argument that you need a gun to defend yourself from an intruder? If your intruder doesn't have a gun, why do you need one?
After Sandy Hook, I was naively sure that things would change. How could anyone defend gun ownership when so many children had been killed?
But nothing changed.
My friend Wendy said, "Once we decided that slaughtering children was unworthy of action, it was over."
I hate to agree, but I think I have to.
And I'm sticking to tweeting about my kids. I'm just not a controversial person.