Gun Violence – Prayer is Not Enough

collage Gun Violence mass shooting in America list and Uncle Sam praying

Uncle Sam need to get off his knees and take action. Prayers are not a political policy. San Bernardino joins the much too long list of mass shootings in recent American history and as usual Republican Presidential candidates and congressional lawmakers alike rushed to send out their “thoughts and prayers” but continue to fail to act to end gun violence. Collage by Sally Edelstein

Saying prayers is not enough.

Our Congressional leaders need to get up off their knees and do something about gun violence.

Offering prayers but failing to act to end gun violence make their prayers ring hollow.

We need to take meaningful legislative action that truly brings meaning to our prayers and make a consequential difference in the lives of Americans.

Here We Go Again

The routines are numbingly familiar by now.

Every time a mass shooting happens, lawmakers immediately offer “thoughts and prayers” as they have done after the all too many instances of gun violence, yet they continue to not support gun control legislation that could actually prevent future mass shootings.


It’s as simple as  ABC, or more precisely,  NRA.

Off With Their Heads

vintage illustration mens heads mounted on walls over fireplace with guns

My prayers are with you… my votes with the NRA

Many of these politicians have collected hefty campaign donations from the influential and well-funded gun lobby.

These same politicians who greedily accept gun lobby money are quick with their condolences after the mass shootings but when it comes to gun laws they cool their heels.

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy, a critic of Congressional inaction on gun violence recently tweeted:

“Your thoughts should be about steps to take to stop the carnage. Your prayers should be for forgiveness if you do nothing again.”

Those are my thoughts. Now lets pray that this time something gets done.

Enough is enough.

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  1. Reblogged this on weggieboy's blog and commented:
    Enough! No more excuses for not dealing with this issue, Congress! Shame on you! The blood of thousands is on your hands for your lack of resolve.

    Liked by 1 person

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  3. Pierre Lagacé

    You might want to read this from another blogger…

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  4. Pierre Lagacé

    On a sad note….
    The Newtown massacre didn’t change the rhetoric much hasn’t?
    I live in Quebec, Canada, but I have distant relatives who live in the U.S.
    My thoughts are always with them everyday now.


  5. Until some group takes on the NRA and wins and elects Congress people, then Congress will continue to do nothing. There needs to be an organization that supports commonsense gun control that can match the NRA dollar for dollar in its lobbying and electioneering campaigns.

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  6. amen!
    now for
    the accountability 🙂


  7. Reblogged this on Rcooley123's Blog and commented:
    Enough is enough. Unwillingness on the part of our elected leaders to do anything to stem the tide of gun violence must be brought to an end without further delay – GOP Presidential candidates’ nonsensical mutterings notwithstanding. If we don’t take a stand, the NRA will continue to allow the madness to go on.

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  8. Attila Iskander

    If you want to imitate other countries whose residents are subjects and not citizens, with regards to eliminating the Right to keep and bear arms, your first will have to get rid of the 2nd Amendment through a Constitutional Amendment.
    It can’t be that hard considering the Prohibition was not only enacted, but subsequently repeated through Constitutional Amendments.

    But before you proceed, you might want to do your homework and ask yourselves WHY the Framers thought it so important to have armed citizens.
    You should also ask yourselves WHY you are failing to live up to the expectations of the Framers, and instead of acting like Free Citizens, you are choosing to become subjects.
    Because you can be one or the other, you can NOT be both.

    As Benjamin Frankly so aptly put it when asked what the Framers have constructed. He replied:
    “A Republic, madam. If you can keep it”.

    Apparently some Americans today, don’t want to be Free Citizens keep their Republic. Instead they want to be subject to a higher authority, namely a state that can rule over them..


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