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Another school shooting has left too many children dead. There is no way around it. And every time this happens, people sit and talk about how these things happen, why they happen and how they can be prevented.

I come back to the same conclusion every time — if we do not teach people to respect and value life from the very beginning, why are we surprised when they don’t respect or value it at any point after that?

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Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in America in 1973. Fast forward about 20 years, and there was pretty consistent jump in the next generation. The generation that grew up in the 70s and 80s being told it was OK to abort unborn babies.

Fast forward another 20 years or so and there is another consistent bump.

We are a few generations into the legalized murder of unborn babies in America. We are a few generations into a human being not being considered anything more than a “choice.”

Unborn babies are considered disposable. There is a political side that refers to innocent unborn life as either “wanted” or “unwanted.”

And they tell kids and adults there is no right to life for the most vulnerable among us. They tell kids an unborn baby deserves nothing more than a 50-50 shot at life.

Through the legalized killing of unborn babies, there is no doubt we as a society have cheapened the value of life itself.

Again, we have taught generations there is no need to value or respect life from the very beginning. We’ve taught them that individuals can “choose” whether an unborn baby lives or dies.

There are all sorts of underlying issues to the violence. All sorts.

But how can we ignore the obvious? Isn’t it obvious that we have cheapened life since 1973 — when the Supreme Court green-lighted the “choice” to end the life of an unborn baby?

And now, about 50 years later, are we really shocked the value of life and the respect for life is low?

Again — if we do not respect life at the very beginning, why are we surprised when we don’t respect life at any point after that?

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