Prayer Doesn’t Cut It Anymore

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To hear members of Congress call for prayer for the victims of yet another mass shooting in America should make every American who has a family and a vote mad enough to use their vote to put some people in office who will create the environment in which their family will be much less likely to be murdered. While congress plays a game called “Who’s a terrorist” many Americans are finally realizing that they should be scared of the guy next door who is pissed off at the world and has guns.

Why are congress critters so scared to stand up to those who want America to be an armed encampment? Do they not want to “ensure domestic Tranquility” as they are charged to do by the Constitution? And the prayers they tell you to offer have never raised anyone from the dead. Nor have they healed life altering wounds or paid one cent of medical care from a gunshot wound.

If you don’t understand why congress is held in such low esteem, watch the shenanigans around this latest batch of murders as the party teams try to score points with their bases. We don’t want any more games. We want to be able to go to work, go to school, shop or go to a movie without wondering if that will be our last act on earth because some guy has a gun and a score to settle.

Does anyone truly want to sacrifice their son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter on an altar of some freedom that by itself is not in the constitution? Why do you continue to let ours be sacrificed?

President Kennedy wrote a book called “Profiles In Courage” 60 years ago. One would be hard pressed to find but a few candidates for a mention in today’s congress.

Congress, your job is not to get re-elected every election. Your job is not to funnel our tax dollars to the wealthy nor is it to make health care impossible for the average American to access. Your job is to create a country where Americans can go about their daily business and leisure without fear of being shot by a guy with a grudge.

Here are some thoughts on the subject from Molly Ivins over 20 years ago. A tip of the hat to Bill in Portland Maine at dailykos for posting this last Thursday:

There is more hooey spread about the Second Amendment. It says quite clearly that guns are for those who form part of a well-regulated militia, i.e., the armed forces including the National Guard. The reasons for keeping them away from everyone else get clearer by the day.

The comparison most often used is that of the automobile, another lethal object that is regularly used to wreak great carnage. Obviously, this society is full of people who haven’t got enough common sense to use an automobile properly. But we haven’t outlawed cars yet. (editor’s note: we also engineer in safety and ways to keep them from being stolen)

We do, however, license them and their owners, restrict their use to presumably sane and sober adults and keep track of who sells them to whom. At a minimum, we should do the same with guns.

In truth, there is no rational argument for guns in this society. This is no longer a frontier nation in which people hunt their own food. It is a crowded, overwhelmingly urban country in which letting people have access to guns is a continuing disaster. Those who want guns—whether for target shooting, hunting or potting rattlesnakes (get a hoe)—should be subject to the same restrictions placed on gun owners in England—a nation in which liberty has survived nicely without an armed populace.

The argument that “guns don’t kill people” is patent nonsense. Anyone who has ever worked in a cop shop knows how many family arguments end in murder because there was a gun in the house. Did the gun kill someone? No. But if there had been no gun, no one would have died. At least not without a good footrace first. Guns do kill. Unlike cars, that is all they do. […]

For years, I used to enjoy taunting my gun-nut friends about their psycho-sexual hang-ups—always in a spirit of good cheer, you understand. But letting the noisy minority in the National Rifle Association force us to allow this carnage to continue is just plain insane.

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