In the midst of some of the darkest days for those affected by the Las Vegas massacre, there is one quote that has struck a cord with many.
Shared by feminist activist, Gloria Steinem in 2015, it has now resurfaced in light of the horrific attacks.
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.
A little louder for the folks in the back. pic.twitter.com/NAB9bvU7CM
— Maryellen Stewart (@Maryellen) October 2, 2017
It is a confronting reality.
Steinem originally posted the quote on her Facebook page in 2015, as part of her Christmas wish list for that year. She didn’t know the original source, saying, “This riff is not mine, it’s on the Internet – I thank whoever gave us all this present.”
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