For a brief second, Twitter was a calmer and safer place, what with the suspension of his @SteveStockmanTX account. Alas, the most embarrassing Republican in Texas (a high bar to clear!) is back to cluttering the interwebz with his special brand of crazy at @ReElectStockman.
Today, Stockman managed to touch on the hot-button issues of gun violence prevention and women's health, suggesting that we can solve both problems by arming those in utero:
— Rep. Steve Stockman (@ReElectStockman) April 12, 2013
On the face of it, Stockman's statement is absurd. I'm not sure how he thinks women can get a gun past their cervix, and he can't really think that fetuses who have not yet reached the point of viability would be able to “shoot” their way out of a uterus. It's hard to pull a trigger if you haven't developed hands, but I digress.
The worst part of this is that Stockman seems to be tacitly condoning violence against pregnant women, and pregnant women who choose abortion — as remains their right in this United States of America.
Physical abuse of women during pregnancy is all too common — the March of Dimes reports that 1 in 6 pregnant women have been abused during their pregnancy.
Arming more women isn't the answer either — more guns put more women in danger. For every woman who uses a gun in self defense, 83 women are killed by an intimate partner.
Bottom line: we don't need more guns, and we don't need more attacks on women's reproductive freedoms. And we CERTAINLY don't need more Steve Stockman. He's an embarrassment to Texas.