03 December 2015

First, Kudos to the New York Daily News

Their cover is magnificent:

The lede, "God isn't fixing this: As latest batch of innocent Americans are left lying in pools of blood, cowards who could truly end scourge continue to hide behind meaningless platitudes:
Prayers aren’t working.

White House hopefuls on the Democratic side of the aisle called for stricter gun laws in the wake of the shooting in San Bernardino that left at least 14 dead.

But after yet another mass shooting in America, GOP presidential contenders were conspicuously silent on the issue of gun control.

Instead, the Republicans were preaching about prayer.


Democrats — even those not running for office — slammed the GOP presidential candidates for offering prayers instead of action.

“Your ‘thoughts’ should be about steps to take to stop this carnage,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn) posted on Twitter. “Your ‘prayers’ should be for forgiveness if you do nothing — again.”

Some critics accused Murphy of religious insensitivity, but he didn’t waver in a statement later Wednesday.

“My heart aches for the people of San Bernardino,” he said. “I cannot express the profound sadness I feel each time a new community grieves and endures the same pain that brought Newtown to its knees three years ago this month.”
In addition to the Daily News' magnificent statement on Republicans resort to religious hypocrisy as an alternative to action.

I would like to add three bits of information to provide some perspective.

First, and second, there were two other mass shootings that day, in Savannah, GA and Houston, TX.

The third bit is a some historical perspective: Twice as many people were murdered in San Bernardino as were killed in the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre.

And still, the Republican response to a call for action is, "I'm too busy praying."

F%$# that.


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