(Graphic courtesy of businessinsider.com)
Nope, never enough thoughts and prayers can be thrown around after a massive shooting where people get hurt or die. Nope, never enough…because they don’t fucking work. We prove it over and over again that they don’t, yet we persist in submitting to the notion without doing anything of actual impact.
Albert Einstein famously said –
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Sound familiar? It should. We are insane to think that we can pray our way out of the next mass shooting, so stop it.
This is a binary argument. We either reduce or get rid of guns or we increase their presence. To say that reducing gun ownership in the US would not eliminate gun violence is to also admit that increasing ownership wouldn’t either. It’s the difference between being proactive and reactive. Rather than trying to reduce the availability, we increase the availability so we can defend ourselves when the shooting starts. How about stopping the shooting before it even happens? What happened to that idea?
Before all you NRA nuts get all pissed off, let me acknowledge this – YES, there are millions of responsible gun owners in the US who are properly licensed, practice safety and have legitimate uses for gun ownership. Congrat-u-fucking-lations. I see you. But, there are plenty of people who are not doing what you are and you need to acknowledge it so we can come to an agreement. I am NOT looking to take YOUR guns away, so stop saying it. I just want guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. For example, people on the “No Fly” list can still buy a gun in this country. Yes, of course, there may be people who shouldn’t be on the list, but the answer is not to let everyone on the list be a threat to our lives. The answer is to make the list better. Why the hell can’t you see that?
Or can you? I can only hope and pray that you do.