Congressman Mike Johnson recently corrected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she wrongly claimed that guns kill more children than anything else in America.
Speaking on the House floor, Johnson, R-Louisiana, told the Democrat leader that abortion violence actually is the number one killer of children today.
“Speaker Pelosi just lectured us,” Johnson said. “She said guns are the No. 1 killer of children in America. That’s not true. Abortion violence is the No. 1 killer of children in America until today.”
Abortions kill nearly 1 million unborn babies every year, and since 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies have been killed in abortions.
Pelosi made the erroneous comment Friday as the U.S. House debated a new gun regulation bill in response to a Texas school shooting that left 19 children and two adults dead in May.
Speaking afterward on the Todd Starnes Show, Johnson emphasized that violence against children, born or unborn, always is tragic.
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“… the tragedies of school shootings can never be overstated,” he said. “I’m a father. I have four children. This is of grave concern to me as it is everyone.”
But Pelosi and other pro-abortion Democrat lawmakers refuse to recognize that abortion also is a violence against children that must end.
On Friday, soon after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Pelosi criticized Republicans for supposedly refusing to protect children from violence because some lawmakers opposed the gun regulations bill.
“And she said the number one cause of death of American children is gun violence. And we need to protect the lives of children,” Johnson told Starnes. “And it was just the irony was so thick you couldn’t cut it with a knife.”
Johnson said he corrected Pelosi a few minutes later, reminding her that the biggest “cause of death for American children is abortion violence.”
“Their priorities are so misplaced, Todd,” he continued. “She contends there’s a right to abortion in the Constitution, but the right to keep and bear arms doesn’t exist.”
The Louisiana congressman said the overturning of Roe on Friday was a “great day” for American children.
“We’ve been working for this … all of our lives,” Johnson said. “And now a half century after the egregious error of Roe, the court has finally decisively said what has always been obvious to us, and that the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion, period. It never did.”
On Friday, the Supreme Court issued a historic ruling in the abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. The justices overturned Roe, which, for decades, has forced states to legalize abortion on demand, and returned the power to legislate abortion to the states.
“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority decision.
Now, experts predict as many as 26 states will protect unborn babies’ right to life by banning abortions, resulting in hundreds of thousands of babies’ lives being saved.
Polls consistently show that a strong majority of Americans support legal protections for unborn babies, especially after the first trimester. LifeNews highlighted 14 recent polls here.