Looking for action amid prayers
On the occasion of the mass shooting on the 215th day of 2019, we hear the same words coming out of the mouths of way too many zombie politicians: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families ... ”
Well, here’s a few thoughts: Hey. Mr. President, Hey. Senator, Hey. Governor, Hey. Congressperson, could you give us some thoughts about how we can prevent the next shooting and the one after that?
And if you’re short on thoughts, try listening to what a majority of Americans think: “There’s no reason ordinary citizens need to possess rapid-fire, magazine-fed, automatic rifles designed for infantry use.”
And here’s another thought: I refuse to accept this daily ritual slaughter as the price we must pay for the freedom to pack any gun we want.
So please, will you do something about that? I know it will cost the guns and ammo crowd a few bucks, but hey, your first job is to keep us safe. Isn’t it?
And here’s a few prayers: I know you might lose a bunch of votes and campaign contributions, but I pray that all our elected officials snap out of their stupor and realize those bodies lying in the pools of blood, they are our mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and sons and daughters.
And after that, I pray Congress passes some meaningful legislation to address this real American carnage. Yeah, I know you’re on your month-long vacation, but we’re probably talking about 35 more mass shooting if you don’t.
I also pray, and I realize this is a huge one, but I pray our president will denounce the hatred, racism, xenophobia and violence associated with white nationalism – and mean it. Amen.