CRANSTON, R.I. (TND) — A Republican congressman is blaming mass shootings on abortion.
Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., said he thinks Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973, has influenced recent massacres, such as the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers.
It’s a systemic problem. When I was growing up in Springfield, you had one or two murders a year. Now, we have two, three, four a week in Springfield, Missouri, so something has happened to our society, and I go back to abortion,” Long said. "When we decided it was OK to murder kids in their mother’s wombs, life has no value to a lot of these folks.
Long made the comments Wednesday during an interview with Branden Rathert on 93.9 The Eagle, a radio station.
Just hours after the interview, a gunman shot and killed four people at a medical center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The shooting follows a massacre in Buffalo, New York, where 10 people were gunned down at a supermarket. Authorities said the shooting was racially motivated.
Long, who is running to replace Repulican Sen. Roy Blunt, is active on social media and has shared several pro-life stories.
He most recently retweeted an article from LifeNews.com, which is a Canadian Catholic conservative website and news publication, in which a Black Democrat legislator called abortion a “modern-day genocide.”
He retweeted another article from LifeNews.com, with the headline, “Abortion clinic caught storing bodies of aborted babies in a utility room.”
His comments come a day after Biden addressed the nation and called on legislators to draft stricter gun laws.
Biden has previously pleaded with Congress to implement "common sense" gun laws and has recently urged lawmakers to take a stance against the gun industry.
I want to be very clear, this is not about taking away anyone’s guns. This is not about vilifying gun owners," Biden said. “I respect the culture and the traditions and concerns of lawful gun owners. At the same time, the Second Amendment like all other rights is not absolute.”