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THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
25 May 2022
I don't know about you, but I am sick and tired of sending thoughts and prayers to grieving survivors of mass shootings.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit organization that tracks gun violence and defines a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more people are killed or injured (and what other country feels the need to have an organization like that?), since the horrendous tragedy at Sandy Hook in 2012, where 20 children and 6 adults were killed, this country has experienced 3,500 mass shootings.
In this year alone, our country has seen 140 children, age 0-11 and 507 teenagers killed.
Remember back in 2001 when that British guy tried to detonate a bomb built into his shoe on a transatlantic flight. We've been taking off our shoes for scanning ever since that one incident more than twenty years ago.
But for 3,500 mass shootings, all we can do is send thoughts and prayers, put on that mask of faux sadness and block any attempt to make the slightest change in any gun laws.
We don't know the reason for today's horrific killing of 14 first, second and third grade children and 2 adults and the specifics are still coming out but you can bet your bottom dollar the Republicans are already trying to come up with reasons why changing the laws would not have have made a difference in this case, so why bother changing the laws?
How about these for statistics?
No they are not all the result of mass shootings, but it just shows what a gun society we are.
Sure, many of these mass shootings might not have been prevented by tightening up gun laws, but it would go a long way toward reducing the acceptance of gun violence in this country.
You know...watch British crime dramas. Watch Vera. For many seasons, Vera has captured bad guys and I've never seen her or any of the police officers she oversees carry a gun. If you Google how many mass shootings there are in the UK, you will get a 2021 headline that reads, "At Least 6 Die In Britain's Deadliest Mass Shooting Since 2010"
Today, a parent of a Sandy Hook child said "ďThese families in that community are walking into hell and there is definitely a network of people out there who have lived it, who are stepping up to support them Ö But itís not going to just go away. Not for the families, not for the community. Itís life-changing. Itís devastating. Itís traumatizing, and every single time it happens, it brings it back like it was yesterday.Ē
Today parents are still awaiting news of their children, who can only be identified by DNA analysis because their bodies are so destroyed they can't be recognized. I can't imagine the agony they are going through.
What in GOD'S NAME is so sacrosanct that we can't touch gun laws? Why is it so important to make assault rifles available to anybody who wants one? Who or what are they going to shoot?
When are Republicans in congress going to grow some balls and stand up to the gun lobby? More than half Americans support stricter gun laws. If you go to congress to represent your constituents and instead cave in to the gun lobbyists, resign and go home.
And unless you intend to actually do something after this massacre, for God's sake don't insult the grieving families by sending them thoughts and prayers. Don't tell them your heart is breaking when you have the power, but aren't willing to lift a finger to do anything to change the laws.
In response to today's massacre, the pope said, " It is time to say 'enough' to the indiscriminate trafficking of weapons. Let us all make a commitment so that tragedies like this cannot happen again"
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