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More States Require Wait for Abortion than Wait for Guns

Posted by on Jun. 21, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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More States Require Wait for Abortion than Wait for Guns

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Policy Mic has pointed out that more states require waiting periods for abortions than waiting periods for guns. There are currently 26 states, such as Texas and Virginia, that require a woman to wait before getting an abortion. In contrast, there are only 11 states that require people to wait before buying a gun. These states include California and Massachusetts.

These statistics highlight how much of an impact politics can have on a person’s ability to perform a legal activity. Getting an abortion and buying a gun are both perfectly legal in every state, but pro-gun control and pro-life politics have affected how easy it is to do both.

What makes this comparison so striking is that abortion and guns both provoke debate about life, death, and murder. Pro-life advocates argue that restricting abortions save lives, and gun control proponents argue that restricting guns save lives.

Unsurprisingly, the states that require a waiting period for abortions tend to lean to the right, and states that require a waiting period for guns tend to lean to the left.

What's so ironic about these waiting periods is that they are intended to have a totally different effect. The purpose of waiting periods for abortions is to increase emotion and make would-be mothers more attached to their unborn fetus. The purpose of waiting periods for guns is to get rid of emotion and prevent impulsive people from buying a gun in a moment of anger of depression.

A study in Texas concluded that the waiting period had an intended effect with abortions, with as many as one-third of women saying that the waiting period had a negative emotional impact. Statistics about gun waiting periods are scarce, but the data suggests that forcing people to wait for guns reduces the number of gun-related suicides.

What are your thoughts about these two controversial waiting periods? Which need to stay and which need to go?

Source: Policy Mic

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by on Jun. 21, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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jehosoba84
by Jenn on Jun. 21, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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I think they should both have waiting periods for the same reasons....To make sure that what they are doing is not on impulse.

IhartU
by Gold Member on Jun. 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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Quoting jehosoba84:

I think they should both have waiting periods for the same reasons....To make sure that what they are doing is not on impulse.

I agree. Both are big decisions but I don't think the waiting time for guns should be so short.

HAHuskey
by Member on Jun. 21, 2013 at 12:12 PM

For the record, There is a waiting period for guns in Arkansas... The pic above shows otherwise. But I would have to wait a minimum of 24 hours before purchasing firearms in Arkansas. I know because I've lived here my entire life. Just saying.

Bigmetalchicken
by Silver Member on Jun. 21, 2013 at 12:21 PM

There is a three day wait in Texas for handguns, with an exception for those with a CHL.

garnet83
by Member on Jun. 21, 2013 at 12:23 PM
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Abortion = guarantee that a life will be taken Gun = No guarantee that a life will be taken
FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jun. 21, 2013 at 12:24 PM
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Quoting garnet83:

Abortion = guarantee that a life will be taken Gun = No guarantee that a life will be taken

Not true.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jun. 21, 2013 at 12:25 PM
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I can certainly see the benefits of a waiting period for both.  

During the waiting period for a weapon, I would hope a thorough background check takes place.  

garnet83
by Member on Jun. 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM
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 Example: Abortions result in dead babies. Every time. That's the purpose of them.

Dh and I have owned a gun for years. It has been used in target practice once and has been locked away untouched ever since.


Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting garnet83:

Abortion = guarantee that a life will be taken Gun = No guarantee that a life will be taken

Not true.


 

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jun. 21, 2013 at 12:29 PM
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Quoting garnet83:

 Example: Abortions result in dead babies. Every time. That's the purpose of them.

Dh and I have owned a gun for years. It has been used in target practice once and has been locked away untouched ever since.


Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting garnet83:

Abortion = guarantee that a life will be taken Gun = No guarantee that a life will be taken

Not true.



Again.  Not true.

Abortions do not always equal a dead 'baby'.

My goodness, educate yourself.


garnet83
by Member on Jun. 21, 2013 at 12:30 PM

 


Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting garnet83:

 Example: Abortions result in dead babies. Every time. That's the purpose of them.

Dh and I have owned a gun for years. It has been used in target practice once and has been locked away untouched ever since.

 

Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting garnet83:

Abortion = guarantee that a life will be taken Gun = No guarantee that a life will be taken

Not true.

 

 

Again.  Not true.

Abortions do not always equal a dead 'baby'.

My goodness, educate yourself.

 

It is the killing of the unborn, yes?

 

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