Editor, Times-Union:

On May 14, 2022, an 18-year-old killer drove for hours to Buffalo, New York, to kill 10 people. He wanted to kill students at a school last year and was supposed to be denied the ability to buy a gun due to his mental state. But somehow in a state with strict gun laws he was able to buy a semi-automatic rifle and protective clothes. He even videoed himself doing the killing.  

If he had done the mass murder in Indiana he might have been given the death penalty. But in New York, only if the Justice Department declares the killer's actions a hate crime and the trial can be held in a federal court, the kid will be given the death penalty. If the trial is held in a state court he will receive life in prison without parole. In essence, he imposed the death penalty upon 10 innocent victims and may become a ward of the state of New York with free health care, free food, free housing, free entertainment, free exercise facilities and no taxes.  

I wonder how many other innocent lives were executed that day in Buffalo in abortion clinics. We'll never know because, as Stalin said, one death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic. In America, and much of the world, the execution of innocent lives in the womb is considered a right. Then again, the Nazis thought they had the right to execute innocent lives in death camps and we fought a world war to stop them. I think it is a sick irony that Senator Schumer wanted to make the execution of innocent lives in the womb a right no state could deny. I hope the ghosts of his dead relatives that were killed in the holocaust because Hitler thought they were expendable haunt him.  

Democrats claim they defend democracy. But when Judge Alito wants to do away with Roe v Wade and let the voters in the states use the democratic process to determine if a state should allow abortions, people are up in arms over the decision. Protesters say a woman should have control over their bodies. But most women who have abortions decided to give control of their bodies to men in order to have sexual gratification. The use of "The Handmaid's Tale" to protest in favor of abortion is a mistake because the women in the program are forced to have sex in order to have babies and none of the protesters want to be forced to have babies.  

I believe in abstinence to avoid pregnancy. It works every time. Why should an innocent life be exterminated because two people wanted to have unprotected sexual fun?  The Democrats think continuation of the holocaust for the unborn will help them keep control of Congress. I'm hoping it and being anchored to Biden will sink their chances.

Rick Badman

Warsaw, via email