The insanity of opinions expressed on Twitter reached its apex tonight with a stunning tweet that was equal parts evil and ignorant. A columnist with the monicker "Hoodie Rebecca (clover emoji)" tweeted her solution to prevent tragedies like the Parkland shooting from ever happening again: Eugenics and abortion.
Ah, yes. The old "if we had just been able to murder him in the womb, this would never have happened" argument. Despite the more than 1,000 negative comments this tweet drew, "Hoodie" doubled down, citing a wildly racist (and later proven inaccurate) study from Freakonomics that asserted the increase in abortions among low-income minority women after Roe v. Wade caused crime to decrease throughout the 1990s.
The idea that unfit or unready mothers should dispose of their children is both wicked and stupid. A compassionate person sees an unready mother expecting a child as an opportunity to show love. It's a chance to restore a woman seeking help and make sure that, whether through job training, counseling, or in the most severe cases, adoption, the child soon to arrive will grow up in a stable family. An immoral person, however, sees only a child who needs to die and a woman who needs to be cast aside after the deed is done. In addition, adopted children or children in foster care are not condemned to become criminals. As Lone Conservative Founder Kassy Dillon aptly pointed out, many such children grow up to be successful icons.
At this point, Ms. Rebecca had presented the grotesque notion that abortion is the key to preventing crime and cited bad research to do so, but it turned out she was just getting started. She later fired off another tweet claiming people who struggle with mental illness and choose to reproduce are also a contributing factor to violent crime in America.
If you think this idea sounds familiar, it's because it has been championed by high-profile historical figures such as Adolf Hitler and Margaret Sanger. It's called "eugenics," and it flourishes today in liberal bubbles like Iceland and in the bowels of Planned Parenthood.
Despite what eugenicist scaremongers would have you think, people with mental illness are not more likely to commit mass shootings. A 2016 study by the American Psychiatric Association found that mass shootings by people with mental illness account for "less than 1% of yearly gun-related homicides." In fact, only 3% of violent crimes were found to have been committed by people with severe mental illness. Like the position that abortion curbs violent crime, this demonization of mental illness is not rooted in facts.
Continuing in her thread, she claims her dissenters are "attacking someone for an opinion," are "a mob who doesn’t care" and that their mamas "didn’t do such a good job" with them.
This evil worldview neatly packaged into a Twitter thread is heart-breaking and gut-wrenching, but it's not uncommon, and it reveals a fundamental flaw with liberal thinking. In the eyes of today's liberal, individual responsibility does not exist, and all sins are attributable to societal ills. In the cacophony of voices sounding off on this tragic shooting, you would be hard pressed to find a voice on the left blaming the individual who murdered 17 people. Instead, it's society's fault for allowing him to buy a gun, or it's society's fault for not ensuring his demise in the womb, or it's society's fault for permitting his parents to have a child. This simplistic and intellectually bankrupt way of thinking leads to the great evil we saw expressed on Twitter tonight. Mothers who choose life are not responsible for violence. Children born into uncertain circumstances are not future criminals who deserve the preemptive death penalty. They are innocent, full of potential for good and deserve to live.