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Gun Control, Not “Prayer” Is What Is Needed

By Susan Kuebler

In the wake of the horrific shooting Sunday morning at a small church in Sutherland, Texas, where the most recent death count is now at 27, their Senator Ted Cruz tweeted out the following

Senator Cruz, those people were praying, in a house of God.  Calling for prayer instead of insisting on effective gun control laws is a hypocritical stance of someone who is in the pockets of the National Rifle Association.  Correct me if I’m wrong Senator Cruz, but doesn’t Texas ALLOW guns to be carried inside a church?  What on earth is the reasoning behind that insane law?  Of course, the gun nuts would say that if everyone in the church was packing heat, then this tragedy could have been avoided.

There is no excuse for a gun being inside any church in the first place.  A church, or synagogue, or mosque is a place of worship.  It should also be a place of safety.  Arming the congregants is not the answer.  Restricting disturbed individuals to access to weapons of any kind is the only solution.

I am outraged not only at this senseless slaughter of innocent individuals, but also of the senseless response to these attacks by the leaders of our country.  If only half of the people of this nation feel at violated and angry as I do at this moment, then serious changes MUST be made and the NRA and their provocative ads be damned.

Donald Trump, who is as much of a Christian as my dog Scooter, had the nerve to send out the following message on this slaughter on a Sunday

God was with those people Donald Trump.  But God expects us to keep his laws and commandments and to enforce them as well.  One of those is “Thou shalt not kill.” Not that you care about God or the victims of gun violence as long as you can keep your alt-right, gun-toting, good old boys happy.  How DARE you even mention the name of God?

It is too late now for the FBI and law enforcement to do any good for those people in Sutherland, Texas.  There are people dead and injured and no doubt more people will die as a result of this assault.  The answer to our continuing gun violence is not to catch the perpetrators after they have slaughtered dozens, but to stop them before they can begin.

The blood of these victims is on the hands of the government of the state of Texas and the government of the United States.  In particular, their blood is on the hands of the governor of Texas and the president of the United States.  America is getting sick and tired of your “thoughts and prayers.”  We need, we demand action.

We do not have to ban guns or revoke the Second Amendment.  But it was your administration, Mr. Trump, that allowed people with a history of mental illness to purchase guns legally.  We need stronger background checks, waiting periods, and elimination of all the loopholes in the laws that allow people easy access to weapons.

We needs these restrictions on a national basis.  State-by-state regulations are easily circumvented.  We need leaders with courage and conviction, not the stooges of the gun lobby.  These are not the words of some left-wing liberal loony.  These are the words of a Southerner who has owned and used guns.  Not to kill people but to hunt food.

God can take a tragedy and use it for good.  Let us hope that the lives of these people in Texas were not lost in vain.  Let us hope that their sacrifice will help to save the lives of other Americans in the future.  THAT is what we should be praying for.

"All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well". Julian of Norwich.

One comment

  1. Sheesh–home to Texas. Why a church, and who was it, I’d like to know…what is going on with people these days? I think Samuel L. Jackson summed it up pretty well a few years ago: “I grew up in the South with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren’t taught the value of life.”

    I think about that all the time. Gun control, mental health checks, access vs. restriction (on both topics)… we don’t value lives in this country. I wonder when we stopped, because I think it’s gone on for a while, but we’re just noticing how horrible a problem it is now.

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