Guns don't kill people, abortions kill people

CBS's "freeSpeech" takes a cheap shot.

By Lynn Harris

Published October 4, 2006 4:53PM (EDT)

And just in case you hadn't seen this: CBS News' "freeSpeech" segment Monday evening featured Brian Rohrbough, whose son was killed in the 1999 Columbine High School murders. (Video here and elsewhere.) Why, Rohrbough asks, did that and the most recent school shootings happen? His answer: Because our educational system is "expelling God from the school and from the government, replacing him with evolution, where the strong kill the weak, without moral consequences, and life has no inherent value. We teach there are no absolutes, no right or wrong. And I assure you the murder of innocent children is always wrong, including by abortion."

This must be said, and it is true: Mr. Rohrbough is entitled to his grief and rage, not to mention his opinion. (Why do I have a feeling that because he is not a 9/11 widow, Ann Coulter and I would for once agree?) But CBS is also entitled not to air an argument that -- frankly, I don't care how liberal or far right -- is simply not cogent or illuminating (So much so that I feel it's not even worth a line-by-line smackdown, though man, is it tempting.) Sure, it's not news that the mainstream news has been diluted and dumbed down beyond recognition. But each time something like this airs, even more of our innocent brain cells die.

Lynn Harris

Award-winning journalist Lynn Harris is author of the comic novel "Death by Chick Lit" and co-creator of She also writes for the New York Times, Glamour, and many others.

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