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Arm the fetus

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The Arkansas legislature has decided that the solution to gun violence is to put more guns in more places — churches, college campuses, PTA meetings, book clubs, etc. But one area is yet unfortified in the legislation we've seen from the General Assembly, and that is the womb. This is an odd omission considering how much time the legislature devotes to care of the unborn, and how firmly it rebuffs women who assert a claim in the matter. But the legislators are only human, after all, most of them. Things get overlooked sometimes even by the most diligent armorer. Pointing out these lapses is what editorials are for.

To be sure, there are logistical problems in supplying a weapon to a fetus, and large-caliber ordnance is probably out of the question. But the legislature has been considering the mandatory insertion of a type of wand into the fetus's living quarters. Perhaps that instrument could be used to help deliver a small sidearm. Timing is important, of course. It'll have to be determined at what point the fetus becomes capable of pulling a trigger. But whenever that point is reached, the fetus will need a trigger to pull, and ammunition. Possibly some gun-safety literature.

As Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association says, the best way to stop a doctor with a forceps is a fetus with a firearm. 

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