Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?President Barack Obama, January 16, 2013 - White House Press Conference announcing gun violence proposals:
Because while there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of evil, if there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there is even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try.State Senator Barack Obama, March 30, 2011 - Illinois General Assembly debate on bill to provide medical care to a child born live during an abortion procedure. (This is rather lengthy, and excerpts have appeared before, but I believe it is useful to read Barack Obama's words in context.)
I reproduced Barack Obama's words in full, but I'd like to again highlight some of what he said:
"...that brief period of time that they were still living..."
"...keep that child alive..."
"...or child... still temporarily alive..."
"...caring for fetuses or children..."
"...to kill a child ...if this is a child..."
Fast-forward again to January 16, 2013:
...if there is even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try.